- Are you struggling to make decisions about your dying or ill animal companion?
- Are you feeling dissatisfied with the choices conventional medicine offers you for your elderly animal companion?
- Do you wish that you could provide hospice care for your companion animal at home?
There are more options available for end-of-life care than you may have considered, including providing loving, humane care for a sick or dying pet at home.
If you’re like most of my clients, you want to make the choices that will provide the best care and have the least side effects, but you’re worried that you don’t know how to make the best decisions. You know you don’t want your friend to suffer — but you’re not sure how to tell. It’s likely that conventional medicine has felt disappointing or incomplete in the past — but you don’t know where else to go or whom to believe.
With experienced, knowledgeable guidance, it is possible to make value-based, well-informed decisions for your companion animal. There are ways to judge how much an animal is suffering, and more options than conventional medicines or euthanasia to relieve pain. You can learn how to be more of an involved caretaker and educated advocate for your beloved animal friend.
What can you do?
- Become informed about various conventional and alternative treatment options.
- Learn how to read the signs that an animal’s health is deteriorating and what to expect during the dying process itself so that it is less fearful.
- Work with a checklist of things to consider for an animal that may be dying, so you feel less worried about the unknown.
- Honor your animal’s life by learning about your own values and life purpose through meaningful grieving.
In my practice, clients learn about the different treatment options and the pros and cons of each. We take into account clients’ current life situations, their past experiences, and their values about each choice. We also discuss how to discern whether or not an animal is actually suffering as well as ways to relieve suffering. We work until clients obtain enough clarity to feel peaceful about their decisions. Then together we formulate an informed, value-based care plan.
If this way of working with your companion animal appeals to you, then call the number below and schedule an appointment.