geriatric pets

My Accidental Success Story

Posted on January 31, 2015 by Lynn Henderson

I didn’t do this for money – it was really an accidental success. When I gradated from Vet School, I planned to work in small animal general practice for some undetermined amount of time. I gave the briefest thought to pursuing a specialty like surgery, or perhaps to owning my own stationary practice one day…. [Read More]

Considerations PRIOR to your at-home euthanasia visit

Posted on December 12, 2014 by Lynn Henderson

Making the decision to euthanize an animal you have loved is the hardest decision an animal lover will make. I believe strongly in offering euthanasia at home, and aim to make a difficult time just a bit easier by being in a safe and comfortable place for both animals and human family members. There are… [Read More]

Why End-of-Life Care???

Posted on January 26, 2014 by Lynn Henderson

Emma

It’s the elephant-in-the-room and I suppose now is as good a time as any to address the question. Why do this work? Ok, yes, every veterinarian will encounter end-of-life situations on a regular basis – but to ‘specialize’ in it? (Please note that I use the term ‘specialize’ for the sake of the average non-veterinary… [Read More]

Animal Hospice Conference 2013

Posted on November 1, 2013 by Lynn Henderson

In October, I attended the 3rd Annual Conference of the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care in Denver Colorado. I have been a founding member of this organization since 2010 and was excited to meet colleagues and soak up the shared knowledge from this forum.  Veterinary hospice is a specialty close to my… [Read More]

Geriatrics and Palliative Care

Posted on November 10, 2011 by Lynn Henderson

Well, I keep coming back to it – the idea of a specialization in geriatric medicine for companion animals.  Encompassing quality-of-life-assessment, pain management, dietary consultation, hygiene and environmental adaptations to enable geriatric pets and their owners to stay together longer.  So many people seem to be of the opinion that when a pet gets old,… [Read More]