Hospice and Palliative Care for Companion Animals, Principles and Practice

Hospice and Palliative Care for Companion Animals: Principles and Practice offers the first comprehensive reference to veterinary hospice and palliative care, with practical guidance and best practices for caring for sick and dying animals.  

  • Presents the first thorough resource to providing veterinary hospice and palliative care
  • Offers practical guidance and best practices for caring for sick and dying animals
  • Provides an interdisciplinary team approach, from a variety of different perspectives
  • Gives concrete advice for easing pets more gently through their final stage of life
  • Includes access to a companion website with client education handouts to use in practice
Table of Contents

List of Contributors xix

About the Companion Website xxi

1 Introduction 1

Jessica Pierce

2 What is Animal Hospice and Palliative Care? 5

Amir Shanan and Tamara Shearer

3 The Interdisciplinary Team 15

Tammy Wynn and Amir Shanan

4 Quality of Life in the Animal Hospice and Palliative Care Patient 27

Jessica Pierce and Amir Shanan

5 Bond‐Centered Animal Hospice and Palliative Care 41

Laurel Lagoni and Amir Shanan

6 Ethical Decision Making in Animal Hospice and Palliative Care 57

Jessica Pierce and Amir Shanan

7 Animal Hospice Models of Care 73

Kathleen Cooney

8 Prevalence of Diseases, Causes of Death, and Common Disease Trajectories in Hospice and Palliative Care Patients 81

Tamara Shearer

9 Cancers in Dogs and Cats 89

Alice Villalobos

10 Chronic Kidney Disease 101

Shea Cox

11 Congestive Heart Failure 109

Shea Cox

12 Respiratory Distress 115

Cheryl Braswell

13 Gastrointestinal Conditions 123

Shea Cox

14 Musculoskeletal Disorders 129

Tamara Shearer

15 Nervous System Disease 137

Tamara Shearer

16 Cognitive Dysfunction 147

Tamara Shearer

17 Recognizing Distress 153

Suzanne Hetts and Kristina August

Stress, Distress, Emotions, and Suffering 153

18 Pharmacology Interventions for Symptom Management 165

Shea Cox

19 Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation, and Complementary and Integrative Medicine Treatment Modalities 181

Tamara Shearer and Kristina August

20 Balancing Efficacy of Treatments against Burdens of Care 199

Kristina August

21 Nursing Care for Seriously Ill Animals – Art and Techniques 211

Shea Cox and Mary Ellen Goldberg

22 Comfort Care during Active Dying 231

Gail Pope and Amir Shanan

23 Euthanasia in Animal Hospice 251

Kathleen Cooney

24 Mental Health Considerations in Caring for Animal Hospice and Palliative Caregivers and Providers 263

Amir Shanan

25 Addressing Spiritual Needs of Caregivers 285

Carol Rowehl

26 Supporting Other Needs 299

Shea Cox and Mary Ellen Goldberg

27 Aftercare 307

Coleen Ellis

 

Index 313

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