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CAB Reviews

A reviews journal covering agriculture, global health, nutrition, natural resources and veterinary science

CAB Review

Forming an end of life hospice/Pawspice service.


Practitioners who support the human-animal bond can organize a team to provide end of life hospice/'Pawspice' care services in their hospitals. Selected staff can acquire communication skills needed to deal with end of life care issues. Pawspice carers often express worry, disappointment, fear, sadness, anxiety, anticipatory grief and fear of their pet's death. Staff can be trained to provide emotional care for the carers and end of life palliative medicine and body care for patients in end of life decline. We must dispel the old myths that discourage end of life care and refute the reasons why doctors feel reluctant to discuss a poor prognosis. Using the HHHHHMM Quality of Life Scale points out areas to improve and justify palliative care at the end of life.

CAB Review details

  • History
  • Published: 21 December 2016
  • ISSN
  • 1749-8848
  • Publisher information
  • CABI Wallingford UK
  • Record Number
  • 20163379896