PET HOSPICE CARE
“We offer family-centered and medically-supervised pet hospice services to maintain the best quality of life for your pet”
Know the Signs
When Your Pet Is in Pain and Needs Hospice Care
Like people, as pets age, they become more susceptible to disease. Sick pet symptoms can be hard to spot. A little knowledge on common dog health issues can go a long way to determining whether your dog will heal with time, or might need pet hospice care.
What to Do When Your Dog or Cat Is in Pain
Pets can hide their illness. Therefore, it’s important to schedule regular check-ups with your veterinarian (rather than always simply relying on basic pet symptom checkers), who will engage in preventive care testing.
If you notice that your dog has very pale gums, labored breathing, loss of consciousness or the ability to walk, seizures, or signs of acute severe pain, contact your veterinarian for emergency treatment. In some cases, you may need to consider pet hospice care.
Pet Hospice Care
You may find yourself reaching out for services for dog hospice care. Rainbow Bridge Hospice Care prides itself on being a qualified pet hospice care in Long Island, NY.
“If you notice your normally active dogs or cats become sedentary for extended periods of time, bring them in for a check-up.”
Rainbow Bridge Hospice Care
Why Pet Hospice Care
Rainbow Bridge Hospice Care is an option when your pet’s illness is incurable. We offer family-centered and medically-supervised services to maintain the best quality of life possible in your pet’s final days, weeks, or months before your pet is euthanized.
Rainbow Bridge Hospice Care Services
- On-call availability to provide urgent care for your pet
- Extended appointments (counseling and support for decision-making)
- With pet parents, we provide intensive home care (medications and other therapies to relieve pain, stress, and discomfort)
- In-home euthanasia option tailored to you, your family and your pet’s needs
We also offer treatment options that depend on the pet’s individual situation
- Nutritional support
- Management of pain
- Maintain your pet’s hygiene
- Keep track of your pet’s mobility
- Keep track of your pet’s happiness and responsiveness to their environment
Rainbow Bridge Hospice Care
Top Signs Your Dog or Cat May Have a Serious Illness
While signs of dog illness will vary depending on the breed, age, and disposition of your pet, common dog illness symptoms include changes in behavior or appearance. Here are signs your dog may have a serious disease:
Excessive or minimal drinking, eating or sleeping
If your dog begins eating, drinking, or sleeping more or less than usual, it could have a benign origin–such as warm weather or a particularly active appetite. However, prolonged periods of this increase should be carefully watched.
Change in activity level
If you notice your normally active dogs become sedentary for extended periods of time, consider monitoring her or bringing her in for a check-up. Often, this is not a cause for alarm, but excessive fatigue or difficulty going up or down stairs–indicators of normal behavior–can be signs of more damaging illnesses.
Coughing, labored breathing, or excessive panting
Again, by itself, panting–which helps to cool a dog down–is normal during warm weather. However, extended respiratory problems, especially if your dog seems faint or dizzy or if the weather isn’t warm enough to warrant them, can be indicators of canine asthma or other illnesses.
Dry or itchy skin or lumps
Some scratching is common, but a sick dog might have red, inflamed, or scaly skin. This could indicate allergies, parasites, or other skin diseases. Scratching around the ears, or shaking the head, might indicate an ear infection.
Digestive or urinary upsets
While peeing in the house is common for younger or older dogs, a dog who suddenly begins urinating or defecating in the house may have an underlying health problem, such as a urinary tract infection. Similarly, vomiting or diarrhea can indicate toxicity or a blockage, both of which can be fatal. If any of these upsets begin to occur, get your dog to the vet immediately.
While one of these symptoms on its own might not constitute dog health issues, a combination of these or any that is carried on for a long period of time might be cause for concern.