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Early Care and Planning Recommendation

Based on the answers you provided on the Pathway to Care Assessment, we would recommend that you continue to monitor your pet’s conditions, utilize the early care and planning resources provided below, and consider scheduling a TeleAdvice appointment with one of our professional veterinarians to discuss service options moving forward.

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Please note: If you have not already, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with your current veterinarian for an exam or diagnostic testing if you are in need of further evaluation of your pet’s current conditions.

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Continue to Monitor Your Pets Condition

We appreciate you taking the time to monitor your pet’s condition and our team is ready to help you as you start this journey. You are already taking important steps in the early care and planning for your aging or sick pet. Below are helpful articles written by our veterinarians with tips and suggestions for your aging or senior pet.

Early Care and Planning
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Your Senior Pet’s Bucket List

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Tips for Keeping Your Senior
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TeleAdvice Appointment Service Recommendation

If you have marked one or multiple of the assessment boxes and would appreciate additional guidance, we encourage you to schedule a TeleAdvice Appointment with with one of our professional veterinarians. In a TeleAdvice Appointment, our knowledgeable veterinarians facilitate in-depth conversations using video conferencing to help you better understand the quality of your pet’s life. They will also explain potential options for comfort and end-of-life care for your companion. Click the button below to schedule a TeleAdvice Appointment. 

Please complete the detailed intake form below to schedule a TeleAdvice Appointment. Your request will be reviewed by a veterinarian who will follow up with email instructions, scheduling options, and a web link to join the video conference within 1-2 days.

Please check your email daily after submitting your request as this will be our initial follow up in communication, thank you.

Note: You can participate using an Internet-connected smart phone, tablet, or computer, a webcam and microphone are required to engage with the video conference.

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A Playlist to Help Say Goodbye to a Beloved Pet

We know saying goodbye to your beloved furry family member is the hardest decision you will make. Our team at Caring Pathways created this playlist to help provide a calming and reflective atmosphere when that time comes 💜.A Pet Loss Grief Support PlaylistWe...

Creating a Bucket List for Your Beloved Pet

Bucket lists can be a powerful tool to celebrate a beloved pet and create positive memories during what can otherwise be a sad and anxious time. It can also provide a sense of control and help families feel that while it’s not possible to cure their pet’s disease or...

Caring for Your Senior Cat

Do you have a beloved feline friend who is entering their senior years? At Hampton Roads Veterinary Hospice, it is our goal to help you take steps to make the final chapter of your cat's life as comfortable and memorable as possible. In this article, we will discuss...

How to Approach the End-of-Life Decision for Your Pet After A Cancer Diagnosis

Pet cancer visited our home for the first time the summer between my second and third years of vet school. Tuna, my beloved 5-year-old cat, was diagnosed with high grade, B cell intestinal lymphoma. As a veterinary student, I knew it was “the bad one.” We were swiftly...

Pet Cancer Awareness Month: A Veterinarian’s Story with Their Beloved Pet

Pet cancer visited our home for the first time the summer between my second and third years of vet school. My husband and I had just gotten back from dinner and our 5-year-old cat, Tuna, who normally greeted us at the door, was nowhere to be seen. We checked her usual...

In-Home Pet Euthanasia: What To Expect

Saying goodbye to a beloved pet is heart wrenching. Oh how we wish our furry companions could forever greet us at the door, snuggle next to us on the couch after a long day and ultimately provide us unconditional love when we need it most. Our pets will forever live...

Early Care and Planning for your Aging Pet

As an end-of-life mobile veterinarian who is also of a certain age (forty one...derful to be precise,) I can tell you that I'm definitely beginning to appreciate wear and tear on my body. I need to take my vitamin I (ibuprofen) more frequently for aches and pains and...

Heart Disease in Dogs and Cats

Heart Disease in Dogs What are some of the common heart diseases in dogs? Mitral valve disease- This is when the mitral valve becomes thickened and cannot close correctly. This causes an improper flow of the blood through the heart, making the heart work harder and...

Last Moments: Capturing the Final Goodbye with Our Beloved Pets

From Ross Taylor, "I'm an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, and have been a photojournalist for more than 20 years. My website is: www.rosstaylor.net and Instagram is: @rosstaylorphoto.  "Last Moments," is a photo essay that explores the...

Holiday Craft Keepsakes for Pets

As a gentle reminder, particularly if attempting a DIY paw print, remember that many pets are sensitive about their paws and may be wary if you're asking them to dip their paws in paint, salt dough or other medium. Be sure to give lots of treats, take breaks, or forgo...

Anticipatory Grief Support

Anticipatory grief is experienced when faced with a terminal diagnosis of an animal companion. It can also occur with being the caregiver of an elderly/ ill animal companion. This grief can begin long before the companion has died. We begin to grieve the thoughts of our companion no longer being here, all of the things we do with our companion, all of the things the companion can no longer do and how our lives will change without them. Click the button below for our grief support resources.

Caring Pathways Calendar

Below is a printable Caring Pathways calendar for you to write down and track your pet’s conditions. Staying updated with this calendar can help you track if your pet is experiencing more good days than bad days or if their condition changes over time. Additionally, it is a good place to schedule your next Caring Pathways Services Assessment, plan bucket list activities and to keep other notes.

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