Comprehensive and Compassionate Care
Home Together strives to put the spunk back in our senior patients. Pets that are “just getting old” may actually have chronic and/or painful conditions that prevent them from living their best lives. Certain illnesses also become more common in older animals. As part of a geriatric consultation, Dr. Portmann will do a full physical exam, review past veterinary records, and evaluate the home environment of her patient. Often, simple changes in the home, diet, supplements, and medications can make a big difference!
Common conditions treated in geriatric pets:
-Chronic Spinal Disease (IVDD)
Palliative care aims to relieve symptoms, decrease stress, and improve the quality of life of an animal with a serious illness. Palliative care treatments are often performed in the home and can be started at any stage of the illness, from the time of diagnosis to the hospice stage.
Palliative treatments often include:
The focus of hospice care is comfort, rather than cure, for patients with terminal and incurable conditions. Hospice care is typically started when curative treatment options are not working, are out of reach, or may negatively impact the patient’s quality of life. Hospice care includes palliative treatments, is typically performed in the home, and is generally started toward the end of the patient’s life.
Dr. Portmann strives to help her clients become excellent home caregivers, and she relies on them for patient updates, ideas, and day-to-day care implementation. The goal of coordinated hospice care is to improve the patient’s quality of life when we can no longer increase the quantity of life.
The decisions around caring for and saying goodbye to a beloved pet are incredibly difficult. Ashley's goal is to provide honest and compassionate guidance during these trying and emotional times. When the time comes to say goodbye, Dr. Portmann will be there, in the comfort of the home to make the transition as relaxed and peaceful as possible.
To honor the needs of the patient and the client, the following options are available for your pet's end-of-life transition:
-Fully supported, closely monitored natural death
-Euthanasia in the comfort room of Peaceful Journeys
Dr. Portmann can also arrange for cremation through Peaceful Journeys in Gunnison, if desired.