Pet Hospice Care Boston MA

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.

Boston Cat Hospital
(617) 383-9968
665 Beacon St
Boston, MA
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Boarding, Animal Daycare, Animal Flea Control, Animal Grooming, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery

VCA Brookline Animal Hospital
(617) 651-2733
678 Brookline Avenue
Brookline , MA
Promotion
We have extended our dental awareness offers! Ask about our dental specials, including 20% off of dental services! Call to schedule an appointment today.

Wednesdays from 8a-12p, we offer our Preventative Care Clinic. During this time, we offer vacc
Hours
Monday 7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday 7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday 7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday 7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Services
Animal Boarding, Animal Daycare, Animal Flea Control, Animal Grooming, Animal Microchipping, Exotic Animal Vet, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

Angell Animal Medical Center
(617) 446-6290
350 South Huntington Ave
Boston, MA
Promotion
Free Parking
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 Boarding, Animal Microchipping, Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Exotic Animal Vet, Reptile Vet, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

VCA Rotherwood Animal Hospital
(617) 564-4040
78 Winchester Street
Newton Highlands, MA
Promotion
FREE initial health exam for new clients only. Good for up to two pets (dogs or cats) per household. Please ask for details and how to request your Free Exam coupon. Wednesdays from 12p-4p, we offer our Preventative Care Clinic. During this time, we offe
Hours
Monday 7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday 7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday 7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday 7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery

VCA City Cats Hospital - Cats Only
(781) 218-9905
665 Massachusetts Avenue
Arlington , MA
Promotion
New Clients can receive a Free First Exam!

Free initial health exam for new clients only. Not to be combined with any other offer. Not good toward boarding, grooming, prescription and non-prescription medication, and retail items. Not good toward
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Boarding, Animal Daycare, Animal Flea Control, Animal Grooming, Animal Microchipping, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

Metro Cat Hospital - Cats Only
(617) 651-5803
1630 Beacon St.
Brookline, MA
Promotion
Summer is in full swing and fleas, ticks and mosquitoes are out. Come see us for specials on heartworm and flea and tick products like Revolution for cats. Saturdays are our Preventative Care Clinic Days! Vaccines are half off with a paid exam during an
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Boarding, Animal Daycare, Animal Flea Control, Animal Grooming, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery

VCA Everett Animal Hospital
(617) 420-2739
251 Chelsea Street
Everett, MA
Promotion
Good dental health is an important part of your pet's overall wellness. At home care includes tooth brushing, use of pet-safe oral rinses, and diets formulated to prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar. Regular professional dental cleanings are also ess
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Exotic Animal Vet, Reptile Vet, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Surgery

Fresh Pond Animal Hospital
(617) 826-9923
15 Flanders Road
Belmont, MA
Promotion
New Client Offer!

20% off your pet's first Wellness Visit!*
Call Fresh Pond Animal Hospital to make your pet's appointment today!

*Offer valid for new clients only. Offer not to be combined with any other offer
Hours
Monday 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Services
Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Bird Vet, Exotic Animal Vet, Reptile Vet, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

Melrose Animal Clinic
(781) 330-0954
26 Essex St
Melrose, MA
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Surgery

VCA South Shore (Quincy) Animal Hospital
(617) 657-3697
579 Adams St
Quincy, MA
Hours
Monday 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Boarding, Animal Flea Control, Animal Grooming, Animal Microchipping, Bird Vet, Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Exotic Animal Vet, Reptile Vet, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery

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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