More than 68 percent of Americans own pets. Caring for pets can come with a lot of emotions and decisions, especially toward the end of a pet’s live. That’s why pet hospice is a service being offered around the country, and it’s a growing trend.
When Sue Weakly learned her dog, Divit, had cancer, she didn’t want Divit’s last memories to be inside a veterinarian’s office.
"We want to make sure she's having as many good days as possible,” Weakly says.
That's why she choose in-home pet hospice for Divit's end-of-life care.
Gail Pope--president of Bright Haven Inc., an organization for elderly and special needs animals--says much like human hospice, it's about comfort and doing what’s best for your pet.
“I've lived and loved and shared in the lives and deaths of over 600 animals,” Pope says.
Pope says it's all about dying with "grace," which can include the option of euthanasia.
“Grace is gratitude and respect for animals and their care at end of life,” Pope says.
The cost of care can vary. Typically, pet hospice care can range from $180 to $200, plus the cost of medications. In-home euthanasia costs anywhere from $200 to $250.
Research shows more Americans are opting for pet hospice and palliative care for their four-legged family members.
“Every day is a gift with her,” says Weakly. “I'm glad I have that support."