This article explains a service available right here in our own community. Dr Denice Norton makes house calls for those pets in need of a home visit. River Valley Gateway focuses on in home pet me ...View Article
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In-Home Pet Hospice
In-Home Pet Hospice
Realizing a beloved pet has entered their end stage of life can sometimes be overwhelming. We never want them to grow old or have their life shortened due to a life limiting issue. But, when they do we are often faced with very difficult decisions. Pet Hospice is limited to supportive care of chronically or terminally ill pets or acutely debilitated pets of any age. River Valley Gateway does not offer routine veterinary services nor invasive surgical procedures. However, River Valley Gateway does offer three levels of care, level 1 which is palliative care, level 2 which is early hospice care and level 3 which is advanced hospice care. We will work with your primary veterinary hospital in obtaining recent diagnostic tests to help complete an individualized plan. Occasionally, additional diagnostics or repeat diagnostics may be necessary to modify an already existing plan. When necessary your pet may need to travel to your regular veterinarian’s office for these tests. However, because we would like to keep the pet at home as much as possible, blood draws can be done in the home in most circumstances. If River Valley Gateway obtains blood for testing, blood work results may not be available for 24-48 hours. Pet hospice care is a unique approach to their end-of-life needs focusing on the pet’s comfort rather than finding a cure for their disease. Blood work results in these cases would serve to allow a professional opinion on how far the disease has progressed in order to help with decision making. Hospice functions on the principle that death is a part of life.