The how-to’s of Animal Hospice support
Animal Hospice, as it is defined and practiced for Animal RN, is a philosophy rather than a place or a strategy. What does that mean for real life support for families? It’s great to agree on a credo and hold lofty ideas about comfort and quality of life. The real challenges come where the rubber meets the road and there is a family needing help and support.
You don’t have to be a DVM or a licensed technician to support a family in animal hospice and palliation; a compassionate volunteer or friend can help in many ways. The licensed and professional roles are important and necessary for oversight and guidance. It takes only a kind ear to listen, a steady shoulder to cry on and a helpful hand to change bedding or freshen up a water bowl.
I recently came across a great article and video originally posted July 2010. If you’re looking for information on the beginnings of Animal Hospice as an actual field and specialty- it’s a great start. What I’d like to focus in on today is the brief clip of the dog, Buster in the video.
Here’s what we’ll do:
- Take a look at the video here (the link is at the top of the article.)
- What do you think, just from what you see in the video of Buster and her guardian, would be ways to support them via Animal Hospice?
- Leave your comments below and we’ll share and review Animal RN’s recommendation in a followup post later this week.
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