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Hospice care for animals2012-09-23T20:21:10+00:00

Cradle to cradle. Flowers are not, then they are a bud, then they blossom, then fade, then wither, then reappear as a bud…or is it the same bud. Thich Nhat Hanh, a Zen monk, teacher, poet, peace activist, and the author of  No Death, No Fear said he asked a new camellia bud if it were the same one that had died 3 weeks before of frost, or if it were a new one. The bud told him it was neither – energetically the flower always exists, sometimes in physical form and sometimes not.

Each of you wonderful people who choose to share your lives with animals will experience grief. You will nurse older animals. You will nurse young animals who develop terminal illnesses. the more self healing modalities you learn (Reiki, HTA, TTouch, massage, flower essences, homeopathy, essential oils and more) the better you can help in these transitions.


American Association of Human Animal Bond on Hospice

The AVMA hospice guidelines.

JAVMA article.
International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care,

AmericanAnimalHospitalAss Guidelines  Article
Nikki Hospice Foundation for Pets
Drs. Jeri Ryan and Kathryn Marocchino are the two phenomenal women who made the First and Second International Symposia on Veterinary Hospice Care a reality. I spoke at the second one.

CDs available on conference for $35 at

Ellen Bittel, DVM
Holistic care of older animals. 35 year old cat!! Two great end of life booklets.
This issue of the Latham Letter was entirely focused on hospice care for animals.
400 animals on a farm. A lot are in hospice. Susan Marino is a passionate advocate. is inMaryland -Gaithersburg.
A page of 20 or more essential oils that could be useful in hospice.
Helps people treat their animals
Caring for Creatures Animal Sanctuary, Fluvanna County Virginia

Pet Loss Support Telephone Hotline – Virginia
(540) 231-8038 Tuesday and Thursday6-9 pm Eastern Time–staffed by Virginia-Maryland Regional Veterinary School Students

CornellSchoolof Veterinary Medicine:

VCUCenterfor Human-Animal Interaction (804) 827-7297

Blessing the Bridge / Rita Reynolds

A Peaceful Journey for Animals – Animal Hospice
Cheryl Falkenberry – Behavior Counselor (434) 591-6113 or email to

Geriatric Animals: Behavior Problems in Cats and Dogs

Four Flags Over Aspen: 1-800-222-9263

Pet’s Edge: 1-800-738-3343

Care-A-Lot Pet Supply: 1-800-343-7680

J-B Wholesale: 1-800-526-0388

Ashes to Ashes, Jewelry, Urns & Keepsakes
Getting in Touch with Your Dog by Linda Tellington Jones
Getting in Touch with Your Cat by Linda Tellington Jones
Blessing the Bridge by Rita Reynolds
Rainbows and Bridges: An Animal Companion Memorial Kit by Linda Anderson
As Time Goes By – Gail Pope
Into the Light – Gail Pope

Email me at to get a copy of my talk:
Presented at the 2nd International Symposium on Veterinary Hospice Care, 2009 if you are interested in pursuing this. Several local veterinarians have said this is the main area for growth.

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