Monday, April 2, 2012

Midtown Mobile Veterinary Services Is Now Offering Palliative And Hospice Care In Toronto

Midtown Mobile Veterinary Services is a new service in Toronto offered by veterinarian, Dr. Faith Banks.  This house call practice focuses on providing palliative, hospice and end-of-life care to geriatric and sick pets.  Consultations in clients' homes enables Dr. Banks to properly assess how they (the owners) and their pets are doing during these difficult times and come up with a "home plan" for further care.  The 5 Step Strategy for 

Comprehensive Palliative and Hospice Care Plan will be followed which includes:  
1.  Evaluation of the pet owner's needs, beliefs and goals. 
2.  Education about the disease process.
3.  Development of a personalized plan for the pet and pet owner.  
4.  Application of palliative or hospice care techniques.  
5.  Emotional support during the care process and after the death of the pet.

Palliative care should be started as soon as your pet has been diagnosed with a serious disease. You may have pursued treatments in your regular vet clinic, or you may have been told there is nothing that can be done to cure your pet. If you want to continue care at home or if your pet did not respond to the treatment and you decide to treat the symptoms at home, palliative or comfort care can be started immediately.  Palliative care techniques are aimed at improving your pet's quality of life with a main focus on preventing or decreasing your pet's pain.

Hospice is focused on giving pets a safe, caring, intimate end-of-life experience in their home environment. Throughout hospice or "Pawspice" every effort is made to prevent the anxiety of hospital visits and to allow pets and owners the maximum amount of time together while owners care for their pets at home.  Hospice care always includes palliative care to allow terminally ill pets to live out their lives as fully, comfortably, and pain free as possible until natural death occurs or the pet’s caregivers decide on humane euthanasia. In human medicine, hospice care is provided when a person has six months or less to live. In veterinary medicine, hospice care is utilized when the pet has several weeks or days to live. Hospice care may be an alternative to immediate euthanasia, when you feel you or your pet are not yet ready to say goodbye. Hospice recognizes that death is a natural part of the cycle of life, and does not have to be feared. Hospice care does not prolong nor hasten death. Hospice care focuses on the physical and emotional needs of both you and your pet.

Midtown Mobile Veterinary Services is fully accredited by the College of Veterinarians of Ontario.  As such,  we are able to provide in-home euthanasia to allow people to say goodbye to their pets in the comfort and privacy of their home.  This calm environment is definitely less stressful for owners and their pets thus allowing a more intimate and personalized experience during their final good-bye.

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