Hospice & Palliative Care
“It’s like having an animal hospital in your pocket.” – Barb Urquhart (see Tucker’s story in “Our Stories”)
The Oradell CARES Program specifically addresses the medical needs of pets that have been diagnosed with either a chronic progressive and debilitating disease or a terminal disease where a clear and definable need for extensive home care exists. Our goal is not to prolong suffering, but to offer outpatient and/or in-home consultation in order to assist our clients during this difficult process. We believe that this modality of treatment begins when there is a shift from attempting to cure the illness to providing comfort for a pet that cannot be cured.
The OAH CARES Team consists of a select group of doctors and technicians with a special interest in hospice care.
- An Oradell Animal Hospital veterinarian will discuss your beliefs, needs and goals for your pet during an initial consultation at our hospital.
- We will then develop a comprehensive Individualized Care Plan (ICP) to address your pet’s disease, nutrition, pain, palliative treatment, and end-of-life plan. You can then choose to review your pet’s ICP with your Oradell Animal Hospital veterinarian at a follow-up visit in your home.
- Our specially trained technicians will follow your treatment plan by making subsequent visits to your home based upon the individual needs of your pet.
- Our treatment services will focus on supportive care such as wound and pain management, nutritional support and hydration, and rehabilitation tools to aid with ambulation. We are also available to help educate you through the use of our library, and will loan resources to you for your “in-home” use.
- We will refer our patients, when appropriate, to specialty groups within our hospital to address specific questions or concerns.
- We will provide you with a privileged Oradell CARES check-in phone service. Our team will be available to address non-emergent questions and provide support for our Oradell CARES patients 24 hours a day/7 days a week. We are also available via email for added convenience.
- We pledge that the Oradell Animal Hospital will provide efficient in-hospital emergency care,
24 hours a day/7 days a week for any pet that may experience a life-threatening symptom that would require immediate emergency assistance to relieve suffering.
- Our end-of-life services will include the option of “in-home” euthanasia.
- We work closely with renowned psychotherapist and licensed social worker, Susan Stone, MSW, LCSW. Ms. Stone facilitates a unique Caregiver Support Group to assist our Cares Program clients during the often stressful and difficult process of caring for a chronically ill pet. She also provides additional bereavement support in a group or on an individual basis.
Read: Our Stories