Empathetic End-of-Life Care for Pets
What kind of care does your pet need?
Peace Wings is here to help with your pet’s needs for hospice care,
or to provide care when you are facing an end-of-life decision.
Peace Wings can provide:
Quality of Life Consultations
By phone or in-person, to help you determine what kind of care is best for your pet
Provided in-home, and supported remotely between visits
End-of-life and Euthanasia Care
In the comfort of your home, including:
Humane euthanasia at home
Cremation services and body care including transportation
Bringing home your pet home again - delivery of ashes and clay pawprints, once complete
Learn about different types of care:
Curative care happens when your pet’s doctor diagnoses a health problem, then provides treatment to cure it. Dental disease, digestive upset, ear infections, and many other conditions can be completely resolved with curative care. Some cancers respond to curative care! Diagnostic tests provided by your veterinarian help guide treatments to ensure your pet gets the most effective care.
For curative care, it is best to work with your regular veterinarian, sometimes in collaboration with veterinary specialists, to pursue the most effective care for your pet.
Palliative Care and Long-term Management Care
Palliative and long-term management care are used to treat diseases that cannot be cured. Kidney disease, diabetes, many forms of heart disease, and some forms of cancer can be managed long-term to maintain your pet’s excellent quality of life. This care can often slow the progression of long-term disease. Diagnostic tests, performed by either your regular veterinarian or a specialist, can guide treatments to increase efficacy. This type of care can increase your pet’s quantity and quality of life.
To provide palliative or long-term management care, it is best to work with your regular veterinarian, sometimes in collaboration with veterinary specialists, to pursue the most effective care for your pet.
Hospice care is pure comfort care. Hospice care is intended to prevent suffering, NOT extend suffering. When your pet has advanced disease, and management is no longer working, hospice care is appropriate. At this stage, comfort is more important than longevity, and diagnostics are usually stopped because long-term management is not expected. Hospice care is guided by your goals for your pet’s last weeks or months, and it is considered effective when you are happy with your pet’s comfort and enjoyment of life. Hospice care may include...
Collaboration with your regular veterinarian
Frequent assessment of your pet’s quality of life
Choosing and re-evaluating your goals for care
Nutritional support and control of nausea
Creation of practical strategies to improve your pet’s enjoyment of your home
End-of-life care and Euthanasia
When comfort and enjoyment are no longer possible for your pet, or when your burden as a care-giver is too great, it may be time to pursue end-of-life care for your pet. Partnering with a veterinarian can help you make compassionate decisions about your pet’s end-of-life care that are kind, and loving, and which carefully consider the needs of your pet and your family. For many, saying good-bye to a pet at home can be life-affirming and healing, while reducing stress and pain.