What is Comfort Care for Pets?
Comfort (Palliative) care aims to meet the physical, mental and social needs of a pet faced with either a life-limiting or curable illness. Examples of patients who benefit from home comfort care include those diagnosed with osteoarthritis, internal organ disease, neurological disorders, chronic skin disease and cancer.
The benefits of our Comfort Care Program include:
- Ability of the family and patient to be seen in the comfort of home at a time convenient for them,
- Elimination of the effects off stress on diagnostic results
- Reduction of pain while traveling to and from a clinic
- Ability for our team to observe patients in a natural setting
- For our team to provide household modification recommendations
Initial consultations are approximately 60-90 minutes in length. The components of a typical consultation include:
- Review of historical medical data and records from your family or specialty veterinarian
- Complete home-life history, goals of care, caretaker skill and care determination, relationship dynamics between the pet and family and other pets in household
- Comprehensive physical examination
- Medical assessment, including a quality of life assessment and pain assessment
- Plan of care, including treatments and prescriptions, household modifications, breakthrough symptom management, emergency management, plan for follow-up care
It is important that we get involved in your aging pet’s care earlier. We will work with your current veterinarian or veterinary specialist in order to deliver the most comprehensive care plan possible. Integrative, networked care for you and your companion is the best kind of care and produces the most satisfaction for our families.