Hospice and Palliative Care
It is a harsh and sad reality that our feline friends can't be with us forever. While modern veterinary medicine has come such a long way in how we can care for our pets, not all diseases can be cured.
I'm a firm believer in the saying "just because we can, doesn't mean we should." This means that yes, in some instances, we can keep going, keep doing tests, keep doing procedures. But is it going to change the outcome? If so, then let's do it. But at some point we have to remember what is best for our patient and pet. Are we doing it for them or for us?
It can be hard to get caught up in the emotions of fear and grief when discussing a gravely ill pet that is not going to get better. It is my job to educate you on treatment options, even if that means living out their days in peace or making the decision to humanely euthanize them. Some owners feel the obligation to do absolutely everything they can for the pet so they don't feel like they've given up on them. And that is ok. But it's also ok to say we've done our best, and now it's time to prepare for the end of our journey.
Whatever path you choose is ok. We are here to be with you on that journey. You don't have to do it alone. Dr. Bowyer has completed the first ever veterinary hospice and palliative care certification program for this reason. It is our duty to provide our patients a dignified, pain free, stress free life for as long as we can.