Hospice Care for Senior Pets
When your senior pet has reached the end of their journey, their comfort and quality of life is so important. After a long, happy life with you, ensuring that they are comfortable and at ease during their last months, weeks, and days is our goal. The veterinary team at Merrimac Valley Animal Hospital is here to be your support during this difficult time, providing hospice care services for the pets, and compassionate support for you. Hospice care is a customized experience for each patient and their family, depending on their condition, age, life expectancy, and more. Hospice care often includes:
- Pain Medication to make them as comfortable as possible at all times
- Attention to Mobility Issues because your pet, especially larger dogs, may need assistance getting up and down the stairs, into and out of the car, or during other activities, and we can show you how to do this safely.
- Dietary Changes to make sure we best meet their nutritional requirements for their age and disease
- Grooming to keep them clean, prevent a matted hair coat and prevent pressure wounds and skin infections
There are many more things that may be offered or recommended for pets in hospice care, depending on their specific needs and concerns. If your pet is reaching the end of their golden years, please contact our team for assistance. Merrimac Valley Animal Hospital is here for you, for the life of your pet.
“We couldn’t be happier with the care our pets receive at MVAH.”
– Nancy C., Amesbury
At Merrimac Valley Animal Hospital, we are your partners in your pet’s care for life: from those first wobbly steps until your final goodbyes. When the time for euthanasia does come, rest assured we will do our utmost to make the whole process as calm and low-stress as possible for all. We understand that end-of-life decisions are among the hardest that you’ll ever make for your pet, and we are committed to being here for you to help you through this difficult time.
Quality of Life Considerations
The question of whether to euthanize is never taken lightly by our team at MVAH. We believe that this decision must be accompanied by a number of other considerations. Our team can help you analyze your pet’s quality of life, pain levels, and more to determine whether euthanasia is really the correct choice, or if your pet still has other options.
As with all other aspects of your pet’s care, end-of-life decisions are determined on an individual basis. We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your pet’s quality of life, and we promise to help you with compassion and kindness.