Evaluating your pet's quality of life is the first step in determining if hospice care is right for them. It's important to use personalized patient and family information to reach an education, informed, and supported choice that fits not only your pet's medical condition but also your wishes and expectations.
Quality of life applies to both your pet and your family.
Use the resources linked below to help you assess your pet's quality of life. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at (605) 361-3537.
The goal of veterinary hospice care is to maintain a good quality of life for your pet as long as possible while they are suffering from a terminal illness. Hospice care shifts from treating a patient's illness to keeping them comfortable and happy, while avoiding any form of treatment that could have significant effects on the pet.
Hospice care is typically appropriate for a pet if they have been diagnosed with a terminal illness, have a life-expectancy in the range of a few days to months, and the pet owner does not want to euthanize at this time. Hospice care can give pet owners peace of mind knowing that they helped their beloved pet live a life that was as long and happy as possible.
Typical treatment options in hospice care may include nutritional support, ensuring proper hydration, managing symptoms, assisting with urination and defecation, keeping pets well-groomed and clean, helping pets move around their environment safely, and providing mental stimulation and plenty of love.
Dr. Jaleen Brunner, is a Graduate of Iowa State Veterinary School, class of 2003. She holds special certification in Hospice and Palliative Care from the IAAHPC. Palliative Care is the interdisciplinary medical caregiving approach to optimizing quality of life and mitigating suffering among patients with serious illness. Dr. Brunner is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the South Dakota Veterinary Medical Association.