Oakland County veterinarian offers in-home hospice for pets

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Oakland Press | March 3, 2016

Caring for a beloved pet when they become geriatric or terminally ill can take an emotional toll on owners.

A special service in Oakland county now provides in-home hospice care.

Lap of Love is a growing network of veterinarians who provide family-centered in-home hospice for pets. It now has over 60 veterinarians in over 40 locations in the United States.

The service is dedicated to maintaining comfort and quality of life for terminally ill or geriatric pets until natural death occurs or the family elects peaceful in-home euthanasia.

“In many ways, the loss of a pet can be as traumatic as losing a friend or family member to a terminal illness,” said Courtney Brookens Graham, DVM a Southeast Michigan mobile veterinarian and Lap of Love provider.

“Pet owners face helplessness and anxiety, with one question always at the forefront of their minds — how can I help my pet be more comfortable? At Lap of Love, we provide the answer,” she said.

Providing hospice for pets is an emerging trend in the veterinary field and being able to offer these services in the pet’s home can be a reward for their unconditional love and devotion.

“Going back and forth to the veterinarian’s office is often stressful for animals, especially those who are aged and/or sick. Lap of Love eliminates this additional stress at a time where each day counts.”

Lap of Love veterinarians tailor a specific treatment plan for each pet, taking into account its age…


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