Dr. Pam Nichols, Founder of Utah Pet Hospice.
For more than 20 years, I have been in general veterinary practice, and over time I have witnessed many changes in my profession and in the way families care for their pets. Some of those changes are what led to the creation of Utah Pet Hospice.
A few years ago, a client asked me why cancer in dogs and cats was becoming so much more prevalent. My answer was simple. It isn’t that more cancer is happening, we’re just finding it more often thanks to our clients’ growing desire and willingness to uncover exactly what is wrong with their pets so that we can administer appropriate, and hopefully effective, treatment.
We can cure many cancers; we can treat complex diseases. This scenario is both good and bad. Just because we can do something doesn’t always mean we should. As a veterinarian, my goal is to work to fix the problems that arise with your companion animals, but sometimes, for any number of reasons, things simply aren’t fixable.
In the past, when a pet was diagnosed with a life-limiting disease such as an incurable cancer or simply old age, my standard response was always, “Choosing the right time to let go can be challenging. I am here to help. Sooner than later might be better. Euthanasia is better than suffering.”
I now recognize that there has been a missing step. From that recognition came the inspiration for Utah Pet Hospice. For a pet owner who is not yet ready for euthanasia but is interested in keeping their pet comfortable, or for someone who does not believe in euthanasia and is considering a natural death for their pet, Utah Pet Hospice may be the right answer.
Utah Pet Hospice, like human hospice care, seeks to prevent suffering in pets. It is aimed at improving quality of life through medications, holistic approaches, and environmental adaptations. Our goal is to help you and your pet both physically and emotionally as the end of your pet’s life approaches. There is no black and white in veterinary medicine.
Our pets are our family. We have a team trained specially in hospice and end-of-life care to assist you and your animal family member. Contact us to find out how we can support you and your pet during this difficult time.