June 17 (Tues.) Please join us for the next talk in our series Pet Hospice: Alternatives for Your Aging or Terminal Pet with Dr. Shea Cox on Tuesday, June 17th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. (please note this date has been changed from the original posted date of Thursday, June 19th).
The death of a pet is an inevitable passage that we all must face as guardians. What options and choices do you have if your pet is faced with a terminal disease and you do not wish to pursue aggressive medical therapies such as chemotherapy or surgery? In many cases, treatment can be worse than the disease. Have you ever heard the heartbreaking words, “I’m sorry, but there is nothing more we can do?”
Hospice care offers alternative in-home options for your pet, and it is so much more than assisting your pet with the dying process- it is a way to continue to live every moment that remains, with the best quality of life possible.
In this interactive discussion, you will learn what in-home hospice care entails including the hospice intake process, the refined techniques available to control pain and other symptoms, and how it can considerably benefit you and your aging or terminal pet. The journey through hospice care can be a profoundly rewarding experience, and it can open up time and emotional space for both hope and healing.
Dr. Cox’s philosophy of care is one that is rooted in the belief that there is always something more we can do to help. Let this open exchange of ideas and knowledge be the first step in understanding all that can be done to help your pet during his or her twilight time.
Dr. Shea Cox graduated from Michigan State University in 2001. Her 13-year veterinary career has been spent solely in an emergency and critical care setting. Life prior to veterinary medicine involved a career as a Registered Nurse, where she was first exposed to the concepts of hospice care in the human medical field. She has worked first-hand for nearly a decade in areas of home health care, transitional care, and hospice environments, giving her a unique understanding of this service and its importance to the entire family unit.
Feeling a disconnect between managing complex or terminal disease conditions with few options for in-home care, Dr. Cox launched Bridge Veterinary Services in 2012. Her vision is to help “bridge” that gap, providing alternative options to pets and their families for continued care outside of a hospital setting- a connection from hospital to home.
Dr. Cox is a Certified Pet Loss Professional. She also serves on the Executive Committee for the American Association of Human Animal Bond Veterinarians. She is an active member with the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care as well as the Nikki Hospice Foundation for Pets, and is currently obtaining her Veterinary Pain Practitioner certification. One of Dr. Cox’s personal missions is the advancement of hospice care in the field of veterinary medicine
For more information about Dr. Cox and her services please visit http://www.bridgevs.com/