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Hospice and Palliative Care for Companion Animals. Principles and Practice

  • ID: 3894161
  • Book
  • April 2017
  • Region: Global
  • 348 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Hospice and Palliative Care for Companion Animals: Principles and Practice offers the first comprehensive reference to veterinary hospice and palliative care. This complete guide to caring for sick and dying animals provides both a thorough understanding of the core concepts of the field and a practical resource for providing high–quality service. The book covers the history and philosophy of hospice care, comparisons with human hospice, palliative care recommended practices, information about supporting pet owners, and recommended business practices.

Taking an interdisciplinary team approach to the topic, the book is written and edited by experts in hospice and palliative care, with backgrounds in clinical work, veterinary nursing, human mental health, bioethics, animal behavior, and thanatology. A companion website offers client handouts for use in practice. Hospice and Palliative Care for Companion Animals is an essential purchase for any veterinarian offering hospice and palliative care services.

Key features

  • Presents the first thorough resource to providing veterinary hospice and palliative care
  • Offers practical guidance and best practices for caring for sick and dying animals
  • Provides an interdisciplinary team approach, from a variety of different perspectives
  • Gives concrete advice for easing pets more gently through their final stage of life
  • Includes access to a companion website with client education handouts to use in practice
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List of Contributors xix

1 Introduction 1
Jessica Pierce

References 3

Further Reading 4

2 What is Animal Hospice and Palliative Care? 5
Amir Shanan and Tamara Shearer

3 The Interdisciplinary Team  15
Tammy Wynn and Amir Shanan

4 Quality of Life in the Animal Hospice and Palliative Care Patient 27
Jessica Pierce and Amir Shanan

5 Bond –Centered Animal Hospice and Palliative Care 41
Laurel Lagoni and Amir Shanan

6 Ethical Decision Making in Animal Hospice and Palliative Care 57
Jessica Pierce and Amir Shanan

7 Animal Hospice Models of Care 73
Kathleen Cooney

8 Prevalence of Diseases, Causes of Death, and Common Disease Trajectories in Hospice and Palliative Care Patients 81
Tamara Sheare

9 Cancers in Dogs and Cats 89
Alice Villalobos

10 Chronic Kidney Disease 101
Shea Cox

11 Congestive Heart Failure 109
Shea Cox

12 Respiratory Distress 115
Cheryl Braswel

13 Gastrointestinal Conditions 123
Shea Cox

14 Musculoskeletal Disorders 129
Tamara Shearer

15 Nervous System Disease 137
Tamara Shearer

16 Cognitive Dysfunction 147
Tamara Shearer

17 Recognizing Distress 153
Suzanne Hetts and Kristina August

18 Pharmacology Interventions for Symptom Management 165
Shea Cox

19 Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation, and Complementary and Integrative Medicine Treatment Modalities
Tamara Shearer and Kristina August

20 Balancing Efficacy of Treatments against Burdens of Care 199
Kristina August

21 Nursing Care for Seriously Ill Animals Art and Techniques 211
Shea Cox and Mary Ellen Goldberg

22 Comfort Care During Active Dying 231
Gail Pope and Amir Shanan

23 Euthanasia in Animal Hospice 251
Kathleen Cooney

24 Mental Health Considerations in Caring for Animal Hospice and Palliative Caregivers and Providers 263
Amir Shanan

25 Addressing Spiritual Needs of Caregivers 285
Carol Rowehl

26 Supporting Other Needs 299
Shea Cox and Mary Ellen Goldberg

27 Aftercare 307
Coleen Ellis

Index 313

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This is an essential book for veterinary professionals interested in expanding their knowledge about hospice and palliative care options for companion animals. Since there is a paucity of information on this topic, this book fills an important gap and provides veterinary practitioners with valuable information on how to incorporate hospice and palliative care into their practice. In addition, the website that accompanies the book provides excellent client handouts for many difficult topics that can be used by many veterinary hospitals Corinne Mei Lawson, DVM, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine on behalf of Doody’s

Hospice and Palliative Care for Companion Animals: Principles and Practice focuses on the final part of life’s journey, and provides veterinarians interested in providing end–of–life care a resource that covers the medical aspects of hospice care for pets as well as the emotional and spiritual care of clients .In my opinion, this book is a good introduction to an emerging issue in veterinary medicine, and I am glad to have it in my library.
JAVMA, January 2018

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