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End-of-Life Care

End-of-life (EOL) care and decisionmaking embody the critical final stage in a pet’s life and are as important and meaningful as the sum of the...

Animal versus human hospice care

Animal hospice care has its origins in human hospice philosophy and practice. Human hospice care focuses on the palliation of a chronically ill or...

Patient considerations

Canine and feline patients who are candidates for hospice or palliative care generally have at least one or a combination of the following...

Client considerations

Loss and grief are universal human experiences. A pet owner’s emotional response to the loss of their pet is often as intense as the grief...

The end-of-life event

Both euthanasia and hospice-supported natural death are medically and ethically acceptable options in veterinary EOL care and animal hospice....

Summary: challenges and opportunities

The overarching goal of EOL care in veterinary medicine is to maximize patient comfort while minimizing suffering, utilizing a collaborative and...


2016 AAHA/IAAHPC End-of-Life Care Guidelines references

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