Pet Hospice Care Leavenworth KS

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.

Pioneer Animal Hospital
(913) 297-9922
3525 S 4th St Trfwy
Leavenworth, KS
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Boarding, Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Bird Vet, Declawing, Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Exotic Animal Vet, Reptile Vet, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Surgery

Richenburg, Matt A, Dvm - Dog & Cat Clinic
(913) 682-7424
1101 N 5th St
Leavenworth, KS

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Platte City Animal Clinic
(816) 858-5525
412 Branch St
Platte City, MO

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Acupuncture & Herbs for Pets
(816) 640-3155
18285 45 Hwy N
Weston, MO
Services
Holistic Small Animal Care
Hours
9am-5pm Tues-Fri

Parkville Heights Animal Hosp
(816) 741-2247
6300 N State Route 9
Parkville, MO

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VCA Welborn Animal Hospital
(913) 735-7969
7860 Washington Ave
Kansas City, KS
Hours
Monday 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday 7:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Flea Control, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

Broadway Veterinary Clinic
(913) 682-8966
1116 N. Broadway
Leavenworth, KS
Services
Surgery, Dental, Boarding
Hours
Monday - Friday 8:00am to 6:00 pm

Jackson Animal Clinic
(816) 858-3112
14205 Highway 92
Platte City, MO

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Wolf Creek Veterinary Clinic
(913) 724-1919
14370 Parallel Rd
Basehor, KS

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Amity Woods Animal Hospital
(816) 880-6650
9300 Nw 87th Ter
Kansas City, MO
 
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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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