Hospice, or palliative care, recognizes dying as a natural part of life. Hospice aims to relieve pain and suffering for animals who are terminally ill or when futher medical treatment aimed at a cure is no longer in the best interest of the pet or the family. Hospice care requires an active commitment. If you opt for home hospice care, Dr. Lauren can help teach you how to administer pain medication, change bandages, provide fluid therapy and perform general nursing duties such as keeping your pet clean and comfortable. Dr. Lauren will also help you to be able to recognize signs of physical suffering and help you be aware of behavioral changes that may be affecting your pet's quality of life. If a peaceful, natural end is unlikely or your pet is in pain, you may decide to end his or her suffering with In-Home Euthanasia.