Cat Hospice Care Resources

Where to go when you decide to use cat hospice care

By Maryann Mott

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An increasing number of owners today choose to provide hospice care at home for their terminally ill cats as an alternative to premature euthanasia. Under the direction of a cat veterinarian, a hospice team is usually put into place to provide cat parents with educational support and emotional comfort throughout the dying process.

Some cats — cats stricken with certain types of cancer, for instance — only survive a few weeks. Other cats live for several months until a natural death occurs or the cat owner decides to euthanize.

A few cat veterinarians offering end-of-life care are listed below. To find a cat health care provider in your area, do an online search or call nearby animal hospitals to inquire about hospice services.

Animal Oncology Consultation Service
Alice Villalobos, DVM
Woodland Hills, Calif.
Phone: (818) 712-0060

Compassionate Care Cat Hospice
Susan Chew, DVM
Albany, Calif.
Phone: (510) 725-5206

Rainbow Bridge Vet Services
Anthony J. Smith, DVM
Hercules, Calif.
Phone: (510) 381-3389

Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital
Fort Collins, Colo.
Phone: (970)297-4143

Compassionate Veterinary Care
Amir Shanan, DVM
Chicago, Ill.  
Phone:  (773) 327-5024

New York
Lancaster Small Animal Hospital
Kimberly Dusza, DVM
Bowmansville, N.Y.
Phone: (716) 681-3033

North Carolina
Shearer Pet Health Hospital
Tamara S. Shearer, DVM
Sylva, N.C.
Phone: (828) 586-3300

Gentle Journey Veterinary Hospice
Nancy A. Ruffing, DVM
Pittsburgh, Penn.
Phone: (412) 801-1071

South Dakota
Canyon Lake Veterinary Hospital
Serena Heig, DMV
Rapid City, S.D.
Phone: (605) 348-6150

Mobile Veterinary Services
Tina Ellenbogen, DVM
Bothell, Wash.
Phone: (425)485-7387
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Dixie    long beach, CA

12/7/2011 2:03:04 PM

Cat hospice is definitely a plus. However, every link I clicked on led me to more advertising rather than information on hospice care in my area. Could this be corrected please?

Heather    Sudbury, MA

8/3/2011 12:20:40 PM

Our company, New England Pet Hospice, is dedicated to supporting those caring for elderly, special needs and terminally ill companion animals at home. There is much we can do to support animals and the people who love them through these times from assisting with care, to logistical matters, to advising on products, referrals to care providers, and compassionate listening and support.

Whether you choose a natural death or euthanasia for your companion, hospice care can be hugely beneficial. It is a philosophy of caring and support that leaves the family stronger, with a better relationship with death, dying and grief, and without feelings of doubt, regret, shame or guilt.

We hope that hospice care for animals will become as widely accepted as that for humans and know all will benefit. Please visit our blog for more insight on hospice care and resources that may be helpful to you.

- Heather Merrill
Founder and Team Leader
New England Pet Hispice, Inc.

Karen    CBS, NL

7/14/2011 5:22:13 AM

good to know that there's a hospice for cats now. wonderful.

Shirley    Tucson, AZ

7/14/2011 4:07:03 AM

Wow, it is neat that there is Hospice for pets now. Thanks for the article.

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