Palliative health care involves the active total care of patients whose disease is not responsive to curative treatment. Control of pain, of other symptoms, and of psychological social and spiritual problems, is paramount. The goal of palliative care is achievement of the best quality of life for patients as possible. In other words, our aim is to relieve the clinical signs of a disease rather than effect a cure. This approach is especially important in the management of many terminal conditions where no known cure currently exists.
Hospice care involves providing a caring environment that meets the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of terminally ill pets and their families. Hospice care and palliative care are technically considered two distinct disciplines but in reality their principles and practice overlap considerably.
Then American Veterinary Medical Associations recognizes palliative and hospice care as a critical part of pet health care. It provides guidelines for veterinarians to follow to help them provide for the physical and emotional needs of their patients. This has long been a staple of human medicine and increasingly becoming more accepted and used in veterinary medicine as well.
A majority of palliative care revolves around pain control medicine, proper nutrition and generally making the patient as comfortable as possible. Unfortunately cancer in dogs and cats is fairly common and these patients often benefit the most from a comprehensive veterinary palliative care program. We are absolutely dedicated to relieve pain and suffering regardless of the pets’ prognosis or the disease outcome!