In-Home Hospice & Palliative Care for Dogs and Cats

Pet hospice and palliative care are essentially intertwined; the overall goal of both is to increase your pet’s physical and emotional comfort as much as possible if their life expectancy is short. It is a privilege for Dr. Hawrysio and her team at Halo Pet Hospice to give you peace of mind about your pet’s well-being as they approach the end of their life, and to keep them pain-free during the precious days, weeks, or months they have left.

Want to meet with Dr. Hawrysio to talk about your pet’s needs? Call (219) 200-4808 to schedule a consult. Please allow Dr. Hawrysio 1-2 business days to return your call if you need to leave a message. 

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What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is about controlling any symptoms your pet may be experiencing as a result of their life-threatening disease or other condition. Pain, vomiting, diarrhea, inappetence, and other issues can be managed by providing your pet with prescribed medications and subcutaneous fluids to help them feel better. Palliative care is usually provided earlier in the end-of-life care process than hospice care.

What is Hospice Care?

Hospice care is provided with the knowledge that your pet may have 6 months or less to live. Our goal is to help you figure out in-home solutions to improve their comfort, mobility, and quality of life as much as possible. We can also provide care to your pet that you may not feel comfortable providing yourself, such as fluids or insulin injections. We will also check in weekly with you to see how your pet is doing, and whether we need to adjust their current treatment/medications.

Hospice care is meant to give your pet comfort and dignity in their final days, and support for you and your family to help you through the process.

Is My Pet a Candidate for Palliative or Hospice Care?

How can you tell with certainty that your companion is approaching the end of their life, and may be in need of palliative and hospice care?

A consultation with our veterinarian, Dr. Hawrysio, can help you get the answers you need about your pet so you can make the best healthcare decisions on their behalf. Dr. Hawrysio is certified in hospice and palliative care for dogs and cats, and she will visit your home to conduct a low-stress evaluation.

During your pet’s in-home consult, we will observe them in their natural surroundings and discuss their overall quality of life with you.

Some important quality of life indicators include:

  • Able and willing to eat and drink

  • Eliminating regularly and normally (no accidents in the house or outside the litter box)

  • No signs of discomfort or pain

  • Able to stand and walk without pain or difficulty

  • Interacting with family and other pets

Schedule a consult with Dr. Hawrysio today by calling (219) 200-4808. We will be happy to help you better understand your pet’s situation, so they can receive the care they need.