Hospice & Euthanasia

“Illness and death do not happen because medicine fails, they happen because it is the natural progression of life.”

~ Dr. Dani McVety

We know that the end of your pet’s life can be challenging in a number of ways. If you’re ready to begin hospice care or euthanize your pet, reach out to us for a consultation.

What is Hospice and Palliative Care?

Hospice and palliative care are types of end of life care that focus on treating the symptoms of illness or disease in order to give your pet a pain-free and happy end to their life. The goal of hospice and palliative care is to give pets in the last phases of their life the ability to live as comfortably as possible.

Hospice care includes three aspects: medical care, nursing care, and support for the family. While your pet is under our care, they will receive medical treatment for their symptoms to reduce pain, increase mobility, and increase quality of life. We will also help you evaluate your pet’s lifestyle and behaviors so you can adjust your habits accordingly. As is the case through any phase of your pet’s life, we are here to help them live their happiest and healthiest lives. We’re also dedicated to ensuring the pet parent’s emotional needs are met during this tough time.


Knowing when it’s time to bring your pet’s life to an end can be a challenge, so it’s important that you consult with your veterinarian before making this tough decision. Ultimately, if your pet is having more bad days than good days and experiencing more discomfort than joy, it is likely time to consider euthanasia. When it comes time to end your pet’s life, we are here to help you. We do everything we can to ensure your pet is as comfortable as possible throughout the process, and we guarantee that it is pain-free.

Because we know that the decision to euthanize a pet is difficult, we offer in-home hospice care as well as euthanasia. This way, your pet will be able to live out their last days in comfort surrounded by those they love, rather than in the vet’s office.

Common Conditions That Justify Hospice or Palliative Care

Organ Failure   •   Cancer   •   Dementia & Other Neurological Conditions   •   Arthritis


Lafayette Veterinary Care Center is certified through the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care. This means that we are qualified to provide in-office and in-home hospice and palliative care. You can rest assured that the end of life care your pet receives from our clinic will be of the highest quality possible.