An online solution to help care for ailing pets


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Caring for your pets when they are terminally ill or at an advanced age is an extremely difficult time in the life of your animal and in yours. There are medical costs, special care and hard decisions to make.

The good news is you don’t have to go through it alone. Just head over to your computer, because help is just one click away. Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice is offering a new online interactive tool, the Pet Hospice Journal, which helps assess the quality of life for geriatric or terminal ill pets.

“Every day we are asked by pet parents, ‘How will I know when it is time to put my pet to sleep?’” said Mary Gardner, Lap of Love’s co-founder and chief technology innovator, in a release. “This is a very difficult question to answer, and having multiple quality of life data points about the pet, in addition to the pet’s current health condition, can significantly help both the doctor and the pet owner make the right choices.”

Here’s what you can do with the Pet Hospice Journal:

  • Create a pet profile that includes your pet’s symptoms and sickness;
  • Upload and maintain important quality-of-life points that track the progression (improvement or regression) of your pet’s health and well-being;
  • Upload other information, including your pet’s favorite activities, weight, pictures and recent behaviors; and
  • Input daily — or weekly — entries to track progress, including new pictures, weight changes, notes and answers to questionnaires, which create a quality of life score. This numerical score is based on your pet’s specific condition and additional quality of life criteria. Based on the score, the site offers actions you should consider as your pet’s quality of life declines.


“As the largest network of in home hospice veterinarians in the country, we appreciate how important this decision is to our clients,” added Dani McVety, CEO of Lap of Love. “The purpose of the journal is to give them some type of objective data to base their judgment on. There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this tough question, and families should still be working closely with their regular veterinarian to help interpret the progression of clinical signs based on the disease process the pet is suffering from. Each disease will progress differently and at different rates.”

The Pet Hospice Journal is free for public use.