Loving Goodbyes

How Much Does Hospice Care Cost?


As hospice care plans are very individualized, the cost may vary. The cost of an initial hospice consultation is $300, which does not include travel fees ($50-150). This initial consultation may last up to three hours.

It is very important that you fill out the hospice intake form prior to our visit and email it back to me. This allows your entire family to consider the questions asked without time constraints. If this is completed and emailed to me prior to our visit you will receive a $50 discount off of your hospice consultation fee.

What Does Hospice Care Include?

Is Hospice Care Right for My Family?

Once a terminal illness has been diagnosed, it is time for the family to discuss how everyone will want to proceed with care. You should learn who wants to help, who can dedicate time to the pet’s care, and what financial resources are available. It is also important to decide early on whether you will assist in the natural dying process or choose euthanasia when the time is right.

If you choose to wait for a natural death, hospice care is critical to prevent suffering by managing the pain and to meet the pet’s needs right up to the end. This level of hospice care is very involved and will take great dedication from everyone in the home.

If you choose euthanasia, we will help teach your family the signs to watch for that will indicate the time has come. The hospice care time will be reduced, but the level of care will remain high. Euthanasia can be chosen at any time you believe your pet is no longer responding to their medications and treatments. We will help teach you how to measure quality of life to help assist you in this decision making process.

The Goals of Hospice Care:

What is Veterinary Hospice?


Animal hospice care focuses on bringing comfort and quality of life to the terminally ill or geriatric patient until either natural death occurs or euthanasia is chosen. Hospice may be chosen when a family decides that pursuing additional therapies or diagnostics are no longer in the best interests of their pet.

If a terminal diagnosis is given, it does not mean that euthanasia is the only choice you have left. . Veterinary hospice care is a unique approach to your pet’s end-of-life needs.  Extrapolated from human hospice, this specific type of veterinary care is focused on the comfort of your pet, not at finding a cure for his or her disease.


Loving Goodbyes in home hospice program provides your pet with compassionate relief from terminal illness. Hospice for dogs and cats focuses on caring, not curing. It is based on the idea that death is a natural part of life. Through animal hospice, the dying process can be experienced with dignity, as the pet rests at home with its loving family.

We understand that serious illness profoundly impacts your family and your pet, therefore we approach each unique case with sensitivity and compassion.

The following is a list of conditions that may warrant in home hospice care:


1. A decision not to pursue curative treatments


2. Diagnosis of a life limiting illness


3. Diagnosis of a chronic illness


4. Symptoms of a chronic illness that are interfering with the pet’s routine


5. Disease process in which curative treatment was possible but failed


6. Problems that require long-term intensive care


7. Illnesses that are progressive

8. Diseases or traumas that have health complications associated with them


Hospice care is a family centered service that focuses a lot of time on education. It is important that you know what to expect during your pets final months, days or hours. Dr. Sabrina is dedicated to helping you and your pet’s bond remain strong during this difficult time. She is there to help in any way she can. As you begin this transitional time, Dr. Sabrina will provide the following guidance to get you started with confidence:
  •  Over the phone consultations and in-home visits 
  • Instruction on how to administer your pet’s medication
  • Information on disease progression and crisis management 
  • Palliative care  
  • Help in deciding when the time might be right for euthanasia  
  • Aftercare options  
  • Grief support


Hospice care is designed to provide your pet with a personalized palliative care plan that is right for them (and you). We strive to make your pet’s final days comfortable and enjoyable. Treatment may be modified as needed throughout and will include many of the following:  
      1. Pain Recognition and Management
  • Oral medications
  • Injectable medications 
  • Reducing environmental stressors 
     
      2. Nutritional Therapy  
  • Providing a proper diet  
  • Fluid therapy  
  • Supplements/vitamins

      3. Wound Care  
  • Cleaning and managing wounds  
  • Antibiotics  
  • Prevention

      4. Household Modifications  
  • Temporary ramps, carpet runners  
  • Pet doors, bed placement, etc. 

      5. Mental Stimulation  
  • Appropriate toys  
  • Play dates  
  • Attention from family and friends  
  • To give pets a safe, caring, intimate end-of-life experience in their familiar home environment.
  • Provide pain control and physical comfort to the pet. We also provide educational support and emotional comfort for the family until a natural death occurs or euthanasia is chosen.
  • Dr Sabrina serves as a teacher, enabling the family to care for their pet's medical and emotional needs at home.
  • Families are given time to adjust to their pet's progressive disease and say goodbye in their own way and along their own timeline, in the comfort of their own home.
  • To ensure a pet's death is a gentler, more intimate experience for both the pet and their family.