Pet Hospice Care Glendale Heights IL

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.

Glendale Animal Hospital
(630) 348-1665
1144 N Main St
Glendale Heights, IL
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 - 6:00 PM
Friday 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Services
Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

Lake Street Animal Hospital
(630) 447-8543
1400 Lake Street
Roselle, IL
Promotion
$25 Off New Patient Exam
(Not valid with Wellness Plans)


$3 Pet Grooming
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Flea Control, Animal Grooming, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Cropping, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Docking, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

DuWayne Animal Clinic
(630) 559-3368
27 W 751 St Charles Rd
W Chicago, IL
Hours
Monday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Boarding, Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Equine Vet, Large Animal Vet, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery

Schaumburg Veterinary Hospital
(847) 720-9897
1614 W Wise Road
Schaumburg, IL
Hours
Monday 7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday 7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday 7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Thursday 7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Friday 7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday 7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday 7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Services
Animal Boarding, Animal Daycare, Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Exotic Animal Vet, Holistic Veterinary Medicine, Reptile Vet, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Docking, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery

Downers Grove Animal Hospital & Bird Clinic
(630) 354-8818
635 Ogden Ave
Downers Grove, IL
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Services
Animal Boarding, Animal Flea Control, Animal Grooming, Animal Microchipping, Bird Vet, Declawing, Exotic Animal Vet, Holistic Veterinary Medicine, Reptile Vet, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

Countryside Animal Clinic
(630) 909-9843
565 E Saint Charles Rd
Carol Stream, IL
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 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 House Calls, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

Heartland Animal Hospital
(630) 923-5788
1051 W Stearns Rd
Bartlett, IL
Promotion
Call today to schedule an appointment!
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary House Calls, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery

Animal Medical Clinic of Wheaton
(630) 492-0949
1768 S Blanchard Road
Wheaton, IL
Promotion
We offer complimentary first exams for rescued or adopted pets! We encourage adoption/rescue, so call today to schedule your complimentary first exam for those pets who were lucky enough to be adopted or rescued by you!
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Bird Vet, Declawing, Exotic Animal Vet, Reptile Vet, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Surgery

VCA Arboretum View Animal Hospital
(630) 598-4072
2551 Warrenville Road
Downers Grove, IL
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, Bird Vet, Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Exotic Animal Vet, Holistic Veterinary Medicine, Reptile Vet, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

Ness Exotic Wellness Center
(630) 743-6085
1007 Maple Avenue
Lisle, IL
Hours
Monday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Boarding, Animal Microchipping, Bird Vet, Declawing, Exotic Animal Vet, Holistic Veterinary Medicine, Reptile Vet, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, 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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