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Hospice For Pets

Just like our human counterparts, sometimes there are no good treatment options and hospice care is recommended. While this is a very hard decision to make, not doing treatment can be the most loving decision you can make. This type of care focuses on keeping your friend as comfortable as possible for the time they have left. Pain medications, anti-inflammatory medications and even sedatives can be used in order to give the family time to say goodbye. Your veterinarian will be heavily involved throughout this time also and will help to manage the medications. Because your friend may not be eating well at this point in their lives, medications can be made into different formulations including liquids and sometimes transdermal (a gel applied to the skin that is absorbed through the skin) versions.

Unlike in people, at some point a decision is made to say goodbye and elect for euthanasia. Probably the most common question we get is “How will I know when it is time?”. We wish there was some sign that all animals showed to make this decision easier, but that is not the case. A good rule of thumb we recommend is never letting your friend have more bad days than good days. An engineer client once told me he picked the 5 things he thought his dog liked to do best (things like eating, going for a walk, chasing a ball). He assigned each of those things a point. A good day for his dog was a score of three or more and a bad day was a score of less than three. All too often we have people tell us that they waited too long to say goodbye with their last pet, but we have never had someone tell us they thought they did it too soon. If you are struggling with the decision we are here to help, as is your primary veterinarian.

We can perform the euthanasia in our office, your veterinarian can do it and there are services that come to your house as well. In Arizona, it is illegal to bury an animal, so we recommend cremation. This can be done with a group of animals (comingle cremation) or with your pet alone (private cremation). For the private cremation, you will receive the ashes back in a wooden urn. For comingle cremations, most services spread the ashes. The crematory services are held to the same standards for animals that they are for humans, so you can trust that your friend will be handled with care and dignity. Though difficult, choosing hospice care can be a very loving decision for your beloved pet.

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Dr. Venable and her staff were mentioned in a local magazine, Troon Living, when a client's dogs were selected as Troon's Pet of the Month

Congratulations to AVO for Winning Mid-Size Business of the Year

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce announced yesterday the recipients of the 2019 Annual Business Awards and recognized Chamber leaders at a luncheon.

Individual nominees were eligible for categories including Chamber Volunteer of the Year, Foundation Volunteer of the Year, Gilbert Leadership Award, and Businessman or Businesswoman of the Year. Business nominees were eligible for categories including Employer of Choice and Large, Mid-Size, or Small Business of the Year.  

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I can't recommend Dr. Boshoven and his wonderful staff highly enough. I am extremely grateful for the outstanding care my skittish ten year old cat Sandy received throughout the process of curing his hyperthyroidism via administration of radioactive iodine. Dr. Boshoven's credentials, training, and expertise are impressive. He is a good communicator and he explained Sandy's treatment plan in a clear, concise manner. His veterinary clinic is the only one in the Phoenix area that features a technetium scan which enables Dr. Boshoven to calculate a custom-tailored dosage of I-131 for each patient, ensuring optimal outcomes. I was particularly happy that Dr. Boshoven and his team were able to manage Sandy gently and very well even though he suffers from fear-based aggression related to the significant hardships he'd encountered before I adopted him. Dr. Boshoven's staff, notably Rudy and Allie, reflect the same high level of patience, professionalism, and compassion which he demonstrates. It was difficult for me to be separated from Sandy for five days, but I was comforted by the knowledge that I had left him in very good, kind hands. He came home cheerful and well, not in any way traumatized by his experiences at Arizona Vet Oncology. I am so happy that I can look forward to many more good and happy years with Sandy now that his hyperthyroidism has been cured. Dr. Boshoven and his staff are my heroes!

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