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  • Writer's pictureSieske Valk

Ten questions that define whether a pet and their human family needs palliative support


A ginger dog looking sad while laying flat in a bed of autumn leaves with bright orange/yellow colours.
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Are you not sure whether your pet needs specialist palliative or hospice care or whether you need support in their care? Here are ten questions to ask yourself. If you answer ‘yes’ to at least one of them, chances are we at Autumn Animals are going to be able to help you, support you, or at least point you in the right direction.


1. Is your pet experiencing chronic pain or discomfort that you feel is not well managed with current treatments?

2. Is your pet having difficulty performing basic activities of daily living, such as walking, eating, or going to the bathroom?

3. Is your pet experiencing a decline in quality of life, such as loss of appetite, lethargy, or difficulty breathing?

4. Are you struggling to manage your pet's care at home, such as administering medications or taking them out for a pee before they have an accident in the house?

5. Are you having difficulties coming to terms with the demise of your pet?

6. Do you feel your primary veterinarian is not able to explain to you clearly what is going on with your pet or that they are not listening to you?

7. Do you feel like your pet is suffering, but are you having difficulties deciding whether the time is right to let them go?

8. Are you experiencing guilt, fear, resentment, or anger with regard to your pet’s health situation?

9. Is your pet’s health situation impacting your daily livelihood and health in such a way that it is causing problems for you?

10. Are you and members of your family having conflicts about the health situation of your pet?


If you have answered “yes” to one or more of the questions asked above, we at Autumn Animals will be able to support you and your family through this and through the autumn of your pet’s life. Get in contact with us for a free 20-minute discovery call to find out how we can support you and your beloved pet throughout the autumn of their life.


Autumn Animals is a holistic team of veterinary palliative and hospice carers that work closely together with the primary veterinary surgery of each patient. We support them and their families to help manage the pet's symptoms and improve the quality of life of pets and their families, support families through the Autumn of their pet’s life, and provide a peaceful passing in the comfort of the pet’s home.

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