Gain the understanding you need to provide compassionate, end-of-life pet care. Animal Hospice and Palliative Medicine for the House Call Veterinarian provides an all-in-one guide to the skills and challenges related to this growing area of veterinary care. From setting up your business and performing your first in-home consultation to managing pain, performing in-home euthanasia, and providing grief support to the family, this book walks you through each step of care. Written by Dr. Lynn Hendrix, a leading expert and researcher in veterinary palliative medicine, this practical resource shows how to improve the quality of care for pets in the final stages of life.
- Comprehensive coverage addresses the essential topics of palliative care, hospice, and euthanasia.
- Key topics range from setting up a mobile business, in-home consultations to pain management, euthanasia, physical support for the pet, and much more.
- Information on the diseases commonly seen at the end of life includes disease progression and trajectories.
- Single-source review covers animal end-of-life care and consulting, specifically through mobile veterinary services.
- 100 full-color clinical photos depict the concepts and procedures of animal palliative care.
- Practical insights are provided in the areas of family grief support, compassion fatigue, managing difficult home visits, and dispelling the myths of animal hospice and euthanasia.
- Author Lynn Hendrix is an expert veterinarian with than a decade of experience in the field of Veterinary Palliative Medicine and is also the owner/founder of Beloved Pet Mobile Vet, a company providing in-home animal hospice and euthanasia.
CHAPTER 2 Veterinary Palliative Medicine changes paradigm of veterinary medicine
CHAPTER 3 House call business basics
CHAPTER 4 Your first appointment
CHAPTER 5 Palliative symptom and disease management
CHAPTER 6 Chronic pain management in the home setting
CHAPTER 7 Physical support
CHAPTER 8 Creating your interdisciplinary team
CHAPTER 9 Supporting grief
CHAPTER 10 Supporting a palliated death
CHAPTER 11 Providing a gentle death-Euthanasia
CHAPTER 12 Respectful aftercare of the beloved pet
CHAPTER 13 Dealing with compassion fatigue, burnout,and impostor syndrome
CHAPTER 14 Personal safety and difficult home visits
CHAPTER 15 Expanding access to palliative medicine education and organization
CHAPTER 16 Redefining veterinary medicine: The future of veterinary palliative medicine and nimal hospice