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Dog in Nature


At Vet At Your Door, we recognize the profound bond between you and your canine companion, especially as they approach the twilight of their lives. Our approach to dog hospice care, deeply rooted in a Fear Free Certified philosophy, is designed to provide the utmost comfort and care for your dog during their final days. Our experienced team specializes in managing symptoms, alleviating pain, and ensuring that your dog's end-of-life journey is as peaceful and dignified as possible, all within the familiar and comforting surroundings of your home.


What Treatments are Involved in Hospice Care for Dogs?

In dog hospice care, treatments are tailored to relieve discomfort and maintain quality of life rather than cure the underlying disease. This can include pain relief medications, anti-inflammatory drugs, supplements for joint health, special diets, and gentle exercise. Alternative therapies such as acupuncture and massage may also be used. At Vet At Your Door, we focus on personalized treatment plans that cater to your dog's specific needs, often using novel and non-invasive pain management strategies such as cold laser therapy and acupuncture, ensuring they are as comfortable as possible in their familiar home environment.

How Do I Manage My Dog's Pain During Hospice Care?

Pain management in hospice care involves a combination of pharmaceuticals, such as a novel injectable called Librela and/or NSAIDs, and may include alternative therapies like acupuncture or laser treatment to alleviate discomfort. The goal is to keep your dog as pain-free as possible. Vet At Your Door provides guidance and support to manage your dog's pain effectively at home, ensuring their comfort and dignity.

What Signs Indicate It Might Be Time to Consider Euthanasia?

Euthanasia is considered when a dog's quality of life has significantly deteriorated, often indicated by unmanageable pain, severe lack of appetite, incontinence, difficulty breathing, or constant lethargy. The decision is deeply personal and should be made considering the dog's comfort and well-being. Vet At Your Door assists in this difficult process, offering compassionate guidance to help you make an informed and loving decision.

How Can I Prepare for My Dog’s Passing?

Preparing for a dog's passing involves emotional preparation for the family, ensuring the dog's comfort, and making decisions about end-of-life care, such as the choice between natural passing and euthanasia. Creating a peaceful environment and cherishing final moments together are also essential. Vet At Your Door supports you through these preparations, ensuring your dog's final days are spent with dignity and love.

What is the Difference Between Palliative Care and Hospice Care?

Palliative care for dogs focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness, with the goal of improving quality of life. Hospice care, while similar, is typically reserved for when a dog is nearing the end of life, and treatments are no longer curative but rather focused on comfort. Vet At Your Door provides both palliative and hospice care, adapting the approach to suit your dog's stage of illness and specific needs.

How Can I Ensure My Dog is Comfortable at Home During Hospice Care?

Comfort at home during hospice care includes providing a quiet, cozy space, easy access to food and water, managing pain, and minimizing stress. Simple modifications in the home, like soft bedding and ramps, can greatly increase comfort. Vet At Your Door advises on creating an ideal home environment tailored to your dog’s comfort needs. The veterinary visits at home also provide a low-stress way to give your pet the best care possible until the very end. 

What Types of Illnesses Lead to Palliative or Hospice Care for Dogs?

Illnesses that often lead to palliative or hospice care include advanced cancer, heart failure, severe arthritis, kidney failure, and progressive neurological conditions. The goal is to manage symptoms associated with these diseases as the dog nears the end of life. Vet At Your Door helps identify when palliative or hospice care is appropriate based on your dog's specific illness and overall condition. Seeing your dog in their home environment can really help us provide the best plan possible. 

What Emotional Support is Available for Families During Hospice Care?

Emotional support for families during hospice care includes counseling, support groups, and resources for grief management. It's important to address the emotional needs of the family as they navigate this challenging time. Vet At Your Door connects families with these resources, providing compassionate support throughout the hospice care journey.

Vet At Your Door is dedicated to supporting you and your dog through the journey of hospice care with compassionate, professional service right in your home. Our team, backed by Fear Free Certified principles, ensures your dog’s comfort and dignity in their final days. If you need assistance or want to discuss your dog's specific needs, please contact us at (207) 536-8387, email, or use our online form to schedule an appointment. We're here to help you and your beloved dog through this challenging yet important time.

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