Not long ago, euthanasia was considered the only humane end-of-life option for pets. But now other paths are available to ease their pain while giving them more time to enjoy life.
Palliative treatment and hospice care are now well-respected means of addressing terminal illness in pets. Palliative care focuses on managing pain and other symptoms associated with incurable diseases. The goal of treatment is to maintain the best quality of life possible for pets as well as their families. Hospice care addresses the same issues as well as preparation for death, often euthanasia, as pets near life’s end.
Palliative treatment and hospice care can give us precious time with our pets, but the costs can be substantial. However, pet insurance plans often cover many of these expenses so that pet parents can focus on what counts.