Once you have determined that it is time to make an appointment to discuss palliative care for your pet please contact us and we will set up a convenient time. We recommend that you set aside about 2 hours for this appointment.
Dr. Henderson and an assistant will come to your home where you and your pet are most comfortable. We will greet and your pet but we generally wait until we have had a conversation and everyone is settled before we perform a physical examination of your pet. We will also perform an environmental assessment to assist us in creating the best possible plan.
Each appointment is unique in its progression and will depend on your expectations but initially we will sit down to discuss your pets condition as well as your concerns, fears and expectations. You know your pet best and are their greatest advocate and so we require as much input from you as you can provide.
Once we understand what is most important Dr. Henderson will perform a physical examination. She will check your pet from head to tail to look for any physical abnormalities.
CREATING THE PLAN
We will use all of the information we have collected from you, your pet’s medical records, the environmental and the physical examination to come up with a plan that works the best for your pet and your family. Our plans are individualized for each patient and family but can include any or all of the following depending on what is required
- Medical Plan – Medications and Supplements
- Pain Management
- Nutrition and Hydration plan
- Nursing Plan
- Comfort and Safety Plans
- Quality of Life Improvements
- Enrichment Plan
- Exercise Plan
- Emergency Plans
- Comfort Care Plans
- End of Life Decision Making
- End-Of- Life and Aftercare plans
- Memorial Planning
We will create the plan together and continue to check in to modify as needed. Follow-ups are booked based on your pets needs as well as yours.
We can also offer referrals for support workers including anticipatory grief support, respite workers, dog workers, social workers and counsellors.
WORKING WITH YOUR VETERINARIAN
Following the appointment we will send a comprehensive report to your primary care veterinarian and ensure that they are aware of everything that is planned. If necessary we will consult directly with them to ensure the very best interest of your pet.