At Parkway Veterinary Hospital, we understand that as pets progress in their diseases, choices may be made to prioritize symptom care and quality of life. As part of your pet’s care team, we can discuss your goals of care and help tailor a treatment plan based on you and your pet’s needs. Examples of what might be included in a treatment plan include pain control, mobility assistance, nausea and appetite control, assistance in managing dementia, discussion on assisted vs unaided death and the preferences surrounding this event.
Below you will find some resources to help you assess your pet’s pain, presence or absence of dementia (canines) and overall quality of life. You may find it helpful to print these forms and have your veterinarian review them with you.
Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of pets who are suffering from a life-threatening illness. It focuses on prevention and relief of pain by means of early identification and reassessment to refine the plan over time.
Hospice care is similar to palliative care, but it occurs when attempts to cure the illness have stopped for the benefit of the pet. For humans, hospice care is the phase when a patient has stopped treatment in order to live their life as fully as possible before nature take its course
At Animal Care Group of Lake Oswego, we utilize a team-centered approach which addresses the needs of pets and their families. While developing these approaches, the following steps will usually be taken:
At Animal Care Group of Lake Oswego, we pledge to make your pet’s journey as pleasant as possible for both you and your pet. We promise to treat your best friend with respect, compassion and kindness throughout the duration of their time with us, and we pledge to work with you to give your pet the best life possible.
We encourage you to ask us any questions you may have regarding palliative care, hospice care and anything else.
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” — Anatole France