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Forming an end of life hospice/Pawspice service

By A. E. Villalobos

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Practitioners who support the human-animal bond can organize a team to provide end of life hospice/'Pawspice' care services in their hospitals. Selected staff can acquire communication skills needed to deal with end of life care issues. Pawspice carers often express worry, disappointment, fear, sadness, anxiety, anticipatory grief and fear of their pet's death. Staff can be trained to provide emotional care for the carers and end of life palliative medicine and body care for patients in end of life decline. We must dispel the old myths that discourage end of life care and refute the reasons why doctors feel reluctant to discuss a poor prognosis. Using the HHHHHMM Quality of Life Scale points out areas to improve and justify palliative care at the end of life.

Publication Title CAB Reviews
Volume 11
Issue 031
Pages 1-4
ISBN/ISSN 1749-8848
DOI 10.1079/pavsnnr201611031
Language English
Author Address Pawspice at VCA Coast Animal Hospital, 1560 PCH, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254, USA.pawspice@yahoo.com
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  1. Animal welfare
  2. Business
  3. Diseases and injuries of animals
  4. Employees
  5. Hospice care
  6. Hospices
  7. Infectious diseases
  8. Intensive care units
  9. Parasites
  10. pathogens
  11. Pets and companion animals
  12. Prognosis
  13. Quality of life
  14. Veterinarians
  15. veterinary practices
  16. Veterinary sciences
  17. Veterinary services
  18. Zoology