Palliative Care

It's probably not what you think it is.

If you are like most people, the term brings up images of terminal diseases and the final chapters of life. While palliative care can be a part of Hospice Care, it's actually simply a focus on the reduction of  suffering caused by pain, stress and/or symptoms at any stage of any life-changing injury or illness.

Palliative Care goes beyond the curative treatments and is patient-centered to reflect the individual goals and preferences of the pet and you, their care-givers. 


Palliative Care can apply to cases that are not life threatening, but may have a significant effect on the quality of life. 


There are many situations it could apply to:

  • A major injury that does not shorten a life, but will likely have a life-long impact such as an amputation.
  • A major illness that can be cured, but may take a long time to do so. 
  • A cancer diagnosis when you feel that chemo is not the best choice and would rather focus on your pet's Quality of Life.
  • A major illness that might not be curable, but might be managed with palliative care in such a way that the pet continues to have a long and happy (if not cured) life. 


In all of these situations, Palliative Care can play a significant role in helping manage long-term pain, decrease suffering through symptom relief, and increase and/or extend your pet's independence. 


Let us join you on the journey to an improved Quality of Life for your beloved pet and for you!


Call us today at 805.984.6678 for a Quality of Life Assessment

…Because life-changing injuries and illnesses don't have to mean the end of the road, and they don't have to mean a life of suffering.