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Red Sage Palliative Care Services

We have sensed a great need for a palliative care program to better support our clients through the end-of-life experience of their pets. A dedicated team will be available to support you through medical care and decision-making. Bereavement and grief counseling will be available on site as we recognize the emotional toll this can take on our clients.

 

Red sage is a human-animal bond centered practice and aligns a pet’s medical needs with the emotional needs of their humans. Our hospice program will have a designated veterinarian, Dr. Jeret Benson DVM, CCRP, CVMA, and certified in Hospice & Palliative Care through The International Association for Hospice & Palliative Care. Additionally, Jennae Miler, Red Sage’s Administrative Director and the Hospice Program’s Creative Counsel is available to coordinate care and support client’s through case management. Pet parents will be provided with compassionate care during their time with us. 

Hospice care for pets is a specialized form of veterinary care provided to pets with serious illnesses or terminal conditions. The goal of pet hospice care is to enhance the quality of life for pets in the final stages of their lives, focusing on comfort, pain management, and emotional support for both the pet and the pet owner. Here are some key aspects of hospice care for pets:

Palliative Care Services

Red Sage is proud to offer the following services related to our hospice program. For more details, or to discuss a plan best suited for your family, please contact us. 

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Pain and Symptom Management

Managing and alleviating pain, discomfort, and other distressing symptoms in the pet. This may involve medications, supplements, and hands on therapies (including acupuncture, manual therapy, massage, laser therapy, and shockwave therapy).

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Individualized Care Plans

Hospice care is tailored to the specific needs of each pet and their family. The care plan may include dietary recommendations, including hydration support, mobility assistance, and other strategies to maintain the pet's quality of life.

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Emotional Support

Pet hospice care also recognizes the emotional needs of pet owners during this difficult time. Veterinarians and support staff provide guidance to help pet owners cope with their pet's declining health and impending loss.

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End-of-Life Decision Support

Hospice veterinarians can assist pet owners in making difficult end-of-life decisions, such as when euthanasia may be the most humane option to prevent unnecessary suffering.

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Family Involvement 

Involving the pet's family in the decision-making process is an important aspect of hospice care. Veterinarians will discuss treatment options, prognosis, and end-of-life decisions with the entire family so that collaborative decisions can be made.

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Monitoring and Regular Check-Ins

Hospice care typically involves regular check-ins with the veterinary team to assess the pet's condition and adjust the care plan as needed.

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It's important to note that hospice care for pets does not aim to cure the underlying illness but rather to provide comfort and support during the pet's final days, weeks, or months. The primary focus is on improving the pet's comfort and ensuring a peaceful and dignified end-of-life experience.


Pet hospice care can be a valuable option for pet owners who want to provide the best possible care and support for their beloved companions during their final stages of life. It can help both the pet and the owner navigate this challenging period with compassion and dignity. If you believe your pet may benefit from hospice care, please contact us to set up a consultation with Dr. Benson who is certified in veterinary hospice and palliative care.

Red Sage strives to provide compassionate care to both our pet patients and our clients. Interested persons can inquire about services in office or via email.

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