Palliative and Hospice Care
Palliative care is treating the clinical signs of a disease without the intention of curing the disease. The goal is to relieve pain and suffering, maintain the most functional capability, and achieve the best quality of life possible, regardless of life expectancy. Hospice care addresses end of life issues in terminally ill patients. Comfort and pain control are of highest priority and are a major threat to quality of life. All forms of suffering and distress should be continually assessed and considered, including physical and emotional aspects.
The Five Freedoms of animal welfare to help in the assessment of an animal's welfare: freedom from hunger and thirst; freedom from discomfort; freedom from pain, injury, and disease; freedom from fear and distress; and the freedom to express normal behavior.
[UK Farm Animal Welfare Council, www.fawc.org.uk]
Tufts University Pet Loss Support Hotline 508-839-7966
ASPCA Pet Loss Support Hotline 877-474-3310
University of Cornell Pet Loss Support Hotline 607-253-3932
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