Nov. 2, 2013, is Pet Hospice Day

Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.” –Helen Keller

According to Kathleen Cooney, DVM, one of the founders and coordinators of the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC), this Saturday, November 2, is National Pet Hospice Awareness Day.

Pet Hospice and in-home euthanasia services are being embraced by pet parents and veterinary teams alike. As part of compassionate bond-centered care, they are ideas whose time has definitely come!

If you want to read more about pet hospice, you’ll find Dr. Cooney’s article at http://yourhub.denverpost.com/national-pet-hospice-awareness-day-nov-2-learn-options-for-senior-pets/

The Argus Institute at Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital (CSU-VTH) can also help you learn more about creating and implementing a pet hospice program in your community. At the CSU-VTH, veterinary students, grief counselors, and local veterinarians have teamed to offer pet hospice in northern Colorado for more than a decade.

And, finally, if you’d like to offer your clients information about pet hospice, you’ll find two Client Handouts at our Pet Parent Referral Site at www.veterinarywisdompetparents.com.   Is It Time to Consider Pet Hospice or Euthanasia? is a checklist your clients can use to determine their readiness for this service. Is Veterinary Pet Hospice Right For You? explains the basic concepts of pet hospice and help clients make timely, informed decisions.

Do you know of other pet hospice resources we should add to our website’s Resource Center? Please leave a comment and share with us!

Laurel directs the Resource Center at http://www.veterinarywisdom.com. She co-founded and developed the Argus Institute at the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

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