Resources for Pet Owners

Preparing to Visit the Veterinarian
Receiving a Diagnosis – Argus Institute Counseling and Support Services, Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Anticipatory Grief
Anticipatory Grief: The Sadness Before the Loss – Kristi Lehman, MSW, LGSW

How Will We Know When It’s Time?

Deciding the TimePeaceful Passing for Pets: “A Caregiver’s Guide to Pet Hospice Care” Chapter 6, (available early 2017) RUTH STRYKER-GORDON B.S., M.A.
Ruth Stryker Gordon is Professor Emeritus of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. She served as Assistant Director of Long Term Care Administration Education, U of MN School of Public Health. Prior to her work at the University she was Director of Nursing Education and Publications at the Sister Kenny Institute.

Knowing “When” “How will we know when it’s time?” –  Rebecca McComas, DVM, MN Pets

Quality of Life – Part I – Lisa Havelin, MA, MFA, LAMFT

Pain, Quality of Life – Part II – Lisa Havelin, MA, MFA, LAMFT


Quality of Life Assessment Tools/Scales
Quality of Life Scale – Alice Villalobos, DVM

“Lap of Love” Pet Quality of Life Scale and Daily Diary – Dani McVety, DVM and Mary Gardner, DVM

“Lap of Love” Pet Quality of Life Scale – Dani McVety, DVM

“J-O-U-R-N-E-Y-S: A Quality of Life Scale for Pets – Katie Hilst, DVM

Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine (CAVM)

Planning for End of Life – Argus Institute Counseling and Support Services, Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Webinar on making End-of-Life Decisions

Pet Health: Euthanasia decisions involve quality-of-life considerations – by James L. Voss, Veterinary Teaching Hospital

12 Beautiful Ways to Memorialize a Beloved Dog – Daily Treat: A Blog by – By James Harleman

The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement (APLB)
APLB links to several artisans producing unique pet memorial products.

Pet Memorial Items by Individual Artists on Etsy
Constantly changing content, Etsy provides access to several hand-crafted products from small production artists

“Making Decisions” Resource Guide
By offering strategies for evaluating healthcare choices, assessing quality of life, making end of life decisions, and coping with the loss, the guide acts as a standalone resource for animal caregivers or as a tool to foster veterinarians and clients working through these challenging conversations.

Planning for End of Life
Webinar on Making End-of-Life Decisions
Register for Argus Webinar on Making End-of-Life Decisions.

Community Education Offerings
(In progress/coming soon)


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A Caregiver’s Guide to Pet Hospice Care is a resource guide designed with the caregiver in mind to help pet owners and family provide comfort care to pets that have a terminal diagnosis. The focus is on preventing suffering of the pet and empowering the pet owner as they provide care… More about the Book >





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