The concept of hospice care for pets is a relatively new field, and it’s experiencing a meteoric rise as more and more pet owners seek an alternative away from cure or early euthanasia to focus on a quality end-of-life. Even though the number of veterinary hospice practices is increasing — and many are mobile — the flip side is that people aren’t yet aware of them or are confused about the services they offer.
Here’s a list of resources to learn more about animal hospice care. To find a hospice-focused veterinarian team and services in your area, search the online resources listed below.
Animal Hospice, End-of-Life and Palliative Care Project (AHELP) (in Seattle) — www.ahelpproject.org
The International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC) — www.iaahpc.org
Lap of Love — www.lapoflove.com/Services/Veterinary-Hospice
The American Association of Feline Practitioners —
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) —