What You Need to Know About Pet Hospice Care

Palliative treatment for pets is intended to provide comfort and assistance to animals who are terminally ill or in declining health.

Understanding Animal Hospice Care

Pet palliative care providers like Paws into Grace focuses on quality of life when your pet is facing a terminal diagnosis. The goal is to keep them comfortable at home by managing pain, providing palliative care, and meeting their physical, mental, and emotional needs. Terminal care also involves supporting you emotionally as a pet parent through this transition.

Some key aspects of animal hospice include:

  • In-home veterinary hospice visits to monitor your pet’s condition, treat symptoms, and adjust medication as needed. We come to you
  • Access to 24/7 support from our hospice team if any pressing concerns arise
  • Support with mobility and bodily functions using assistive devices. This maintains dignity and comfort
  • Appetite stimulating medication if your pet loses interest in food or drink
  • Anti-anxiety or sedative medications as needed for agitation or restlessness

Rest assured knowing there are options to help your furry friend live out their final days happily and comfortably at home.

The Right Time for Hospice Care

Palliative care can provide comfort in your pet’s final weeks or months. It is appropriate when:

  • Your pet is diagnosed with a terminal illness and treatments are no longer effective
  • Your vet estimates your pet has about 2-3 months left
  • Your pet’s declines seem irreversible, like uncontrolled symptoms, immobility, or labored breathing
  • Your pet’s quality of life is deteriorating despite medical interventions

Our hospice team will have candid conversations with you about your pet’s condition and when terminal treatment may be appropriate. Ultimately it is your decision as their loving pet parent.

Benefits of Providing Home Hospice Treatment For Your Pet

There are several benefits to providing it for your pet. First, hospice treatment can help to improve your pet’s quality of life.

Second, it can help to ease the burden on you and your family. Caring for a terminally ill or elderly pet can be stressful and emotionally draining. Terminal care can provide you with support and resources so that you can focus on spending quality time with your pet.

Third, it can help to make the transition to death more peaceful for your pet.

Tips for Coping With Hospice Care at Home

Terminal care can be both tough and rewarding. You may help your pet live its final days as pleasantly and calmly as possible. Here are some tips for coping with terminal treatment for your pet:

  • Make sure your pet has a peaceful and cozy place to rest
  • Make sure your pet has access to food and fresh water
  • Spend time with your animal companion and comfort them
  • Use a calm, soothing voice when speaking to your pet
  • Gently stroke and brush your pet’s fur
  • If your pet enjoys interacting with other animals or people, let them


If your pet is nearing the end of life, contact Paws into Grace today. Our dedicated hospice team is here to provide care, help them pass peacefully, and support you every step of the way. Our mission is to ensure your pet’s last days are filled with dignity and peace.