Palliative care

“The active total care of patients with a life limiting illness that is not responsive to curative treatment.” - World HEALTH Organization 1990

Animal hospice

“A philosophy or program of care that addresses the physical, emotional, and social needs of animals in the advanced stages of a progressive, life-limiting illness or disability. Animal hospice care is provided to the patient from the time of a terminal diagnosis through the death of the animal, inclusive of death by euthanasia or by hospice – supported natural death. Animal hospice addresses the emotional, social, and spiritual needs of the human caregivers in preparation for the death of the animal and the grief experience.  Animal hospice care is enhanced by an interdisciplinary team approach.“ - JAAHA Nov/Dec 2016