Pet Hospice Care Arroyo Grande CA

Veterinarians who are willing to work with individual clients to provide pet hospice at home can help train owners to deal with many of the day'to'day tasks that make caring for a dying pet so difficult.

VCA South County Animal Hospital
(805) 409-7965
205 El Camino Real
Arroyo Grande, CA
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50% Off Vaccine Clinic
First Saturday Each Month
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*Everyday we offer a Free Initial Health Exam for new clients (up to two pets!)
Hours
Monday 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Boarding, Animal Flea Control, Animal Grooming, Animal Microchipping, Bird Vet, Declawing, Exotic Animal Vet, Reptile Vet, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery

Pismo Beach Veterinary Clinic
(805) 619-0146
990 Price St
Pismo Beach, CA
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Services
Animal Boarding, Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Bird Vet, Exotic Animal Vet, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

Primary Care Dog & Cat Hosp
(805) 489-4307
1127 Mesa View Dr
Arroyo Grande, CA

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Mesa Veterinary Hospital
(805) 929-5114
323 W Tefft St Ste A
Nipomo, CA

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Animal Hospital-San Luis Obisp
(805) 543-0985
642 California Blvd
San Luis Obispo, CA

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Central Coast Pet Hospital & ER
(805) 270-5946
1558 W Branch St
Arroyo Grande, CA
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***Free Exam***
Come try us out! We know we can offer you great service and exceptional care for your pet! All new clients recieve one free exam.
Hours
Monday 24 Hours
Tuesday 24 Hours
Wednesday 24 Hours
Thursday 24 Hours
Friday 24 Hours
Saturday 24 Hours
Sunday 24 Hours
Services
24-Hour Vet, Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Holistic Veterinary Medicine, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

Five Cities Veterinary Hosp
(805) 481-5555
1577 El Camino Real
Arroyo Grande, CA

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Oak Park Veterinary Clinic
(805) 481-6641
600 W Grand Ave
Grover Beach, CA

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Nipomo Dog & Cat Hospital
(805) 929-2855
525 Sandydale Dr
Nipomo, CA
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Maggie Wagner, DVM - Clinic Co-OwnerMaggie Wagner, DVM - Clinic Co-OwnerDr. Wagner has lived on the Central Coast off and on since1982. She graduated from Cal Poly and then from veterinaryschool at UC Davis. After graduation she worked in northernCaliforn

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Edna Valley Vet Med Ctr Inc
(805) 541-8246
4860 Davenport Creek Rd
San Luis Obispo, CA

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Creature Comforts—Fido's Best Friend in the End

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By Lynn Ginsburg

Up until just a few years ago, people had one treatment option for their terminally ill pets—euthanasia—and the average veterinarian thought it better to get it over with sooner rather than later. But if Eleonora Babayants had listened to the veterinarian who advised her to put her dog Lima to sleep immediately, she and Lima would have lost out on their additional three years together. Instead of euthanasia, Babayants elected to care for Lima at home, using a relatively new program for dying pets called “pet hospice.” Pet hospice allows a dying animal to live out the rest of its life at home, pain free and surrounded by its loved ones.

“Human hospice and pet hospice are very similar ideas, because pet hospice is modeled on human hospice programs,” says Kathryn Marocchino, president and founder of Nikki Hospice Foundation for Pets, a nonprofit organization that links sympathetic veterinarians with pet owners and provides education and advocacy concerning pet hospice. “The basic tenet is that you live each day until you die, and you make the best of it. And in both humans and animals, making the best of it revolves around pain management,” she says.

Veterinarians who are willing to work with individual clients to provide pet hospice at home can help train owners to deal with many of the day-to-day tasks that make caring for a dying pet so difficult. These include keeping the pet out of pain, teaching owners how to administer medications at home, even shots and IVs, instructing owners on how to keep wounds clean and prevent bedsores, and providing other suggestions to keep the pet comfortable.

“The pet owner needs a vet who is willing to support the owner with anything that may arise when taking care of a dying pet,” Babayants says. “In the case of my vet, she was willing to provide the hospice care for me. She said, ‘If it gets to the point where I need to come to the house and help, I will.’” Babayants says that although it was a bit intimidating for her, she learned how to give Lima fluids under the skin, administered shots, and learned what signs to look for to keep the dog out of pain. “The owner has to be willing to learn these basic medical techniques, but with the support of a vet who is willing to help, I found I could do anything I needed to,” Babayants says.

Another option for pet hospice care is frequent in-home visits from people trained in end-of-life care, like the veterinary students who participate in the Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Pet Hospice program. From a medical point of view, it can be difficult and scary to have a terminally ill pet at home, according to Co-Team Manager of CSU’s program, Christie Long, “especially if they require a lot of support, like administering fluids for rehydration, giving medications, keeping feeding tubes clean. It’s so stressful for a sick animal to be brought into the clinic, so we can have a much less stressed pati...

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