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Get In Touch to see if Palliative Care is right for you. Our Care Team will provide advice and support on the appropriate next steps for your beloved companion

Home Visit

We will conduct a full nose to tail assessment at home and work closely with you to create a personalised Palliative Care Plan to support your pet through the end of life stages, taking into account your wishes and expectations.

Ongoing check-ups

We will continue to monitor progress and provide professional advice, guidance and resources throughout their end-of-life journey. Our Care Team is available for your 7 days a week.

Professional Guidance

We offer continued support to help make the difficult decision at the right time for you and your pet.

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Nicky, Sydney

I will be forever grateful that Dr. Courtney came into our geriatric dog’s life. The care that he has received since I contacted Rest Your Paws for a Palliative Care Appointment has been nothing short of amazing and far exceeds any care and treatment he has received for his arthritis. There has been such a significant improvement in his mobility which I never thought was possible!

Jonathan, Melbourne

When my beautiful Dane Barney was diagnosed with bone cancer he really struggled going back and forth to the vet clinic. We reached out to Rest Your Paws, and were able to treat him at home for months making sure he was comfortable every day. When we could no longer keep him comfortable the vet helped me prepare for his final goodbye and gave Barney a gentle passing in his own bed. I am forever grateful for the support I received through this process. Very highly recommend this service!

Julia, Adelaide

My old boy Archie was diagnosed with Lymphoma and given 3 months to live. I contacted Rest Your Paws to help us to keep him comfortable and help us to make the decision to put him to sleep when he was no longer comfortable. On Dr. Rachel's recommendation, we created a Bucket list to make the most of his time left with us - spoiled him rotten and made our final few months so memorable. I couldn't recommend Rest Your Paws more highly to anyone in a similar position.

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Palliative Care FAQs

What is Palliative Care?

Veterinary hospice is a specialised type of care for elderly animals, or those that have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness. The goal of hospice and palliative care is to provide continual and dynamic medical care for your pet, as well as providing support and guidance for caregivers.

The aim of a hospice consultation is to improve your animal’s quality of life, eliminate suffering, and provide appropriate pain relief if needed. We also seek to improve overall mobility, appetite, hygiene, mental stimulation, and environmental enrichment.

The members of our hospice team will support you with education, how to recognize pain and suffering, problem solving, decision-making and preparing for loss. This will give your family time to come to terms with the diagnosis and spend quality time together until the end.

To find out more, read our blog “What is Palliative Care for Pets”

When is my pet ready for Palliative Care?

End-of-Life care can be started whenever you and your family decide to cease curative options for your pet. This will of course be dependent on the individual circumstances for each pet. Most of our hospice and palliative care patients typically have about 3-6 months left to live, but this type of care can be continued for as long as it is needed.

What is a Palliative Care Plan?

A palliative care plan is a plan created by your dedicated veterinarian to improve your pet’s physical, social and emotional well-being for as long as we possibly can. It will recommend necessary steps and prescribe any medication needed to improve quality of life.

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