Learning that your beloved pet and family member is nearing the end of life can be overwhelming.
Many of us are so in tune with our pets that we take on their pain as if our own. In terms of standard veterinary medicine, making the decision to euthanize can often be the right path for certain families.
There are many times, however, when the decision just isn’t clear, and the natural process of dying can feel confusing and painful for both the owner and the pet.
Lamplight Pet's purpose is to support your family during your pet's end of life transition.
Let Lamplight be your guide.
Initial Hospice Plan Consultation - $50
Pet Hospice Care Visit - $35
(Visit price includes Nursing Care & prescription medicine administration)
Distance Hospice Care Consultation (phone or Skype) - $50
Custom Weekly and Monthly rates available
What Is Pet Hospice?
Pet Hospice is a special philosophy of care designed to provide comfort, support and dignity to animals and their families during life-limiting illness. The goal of hospice care is to enhance the quality of living while dying.
Hospice is about loving care at the end of life. Hospice recognizes dying as a normal process, whether or not resulting from disease, and sees the end of life as an opportunity for growth. Hospice exists in the belief that patients in the last phases of life deserve this care so that they might live as fully and comfortably as possible.
Hospice addresses emotional and spiritual needs of both the animals and their families, and provides support and care for patients in the last phases of incurable disease, or at the natural end of life.
Lamplight's Hospice Caregiver: Lucy Ransdell
Lucy Ransdell, the founder of Lamplight, has cared for pets at the end of their lives for many years. Since 2005 (in Austin, Texas, then relocating to Bloomington in 2011) Lucy has served as both a veterinary technician and a pet sitting caregiver. The two complementary careers combined her medical and caregiving expertise, and naturally extended to caring for terminally ill pets. While providing nursing care in her client’s homes, Lucy realized the need for supportive care for pet families specifically dealing with terminal illness.
In addition to advising families on ways to provide palliative care, Lucy can help assess your pet’s health and quality of life, and provide valuable information for you to share with your veterinarian. For families who are not comfortable with euthanasia, Lucy can provide supportive care as your pet naturally goes through end of life stages.
Lamplight Pet exists to support your decisions as your beloved pet's caretaker.
We recognize the many complicated life issues and emotions that come up when a pet is dying. The choice to euthanize can bring both peace and relief, but it can also be difficult and confusing.
Our role as Hospice Caregivers is to provide neutral, supportive care and education so that, when the time comes, you can make the best decision for your family, and for your pet.
As Pet Hospice Caregivers, Lamplight’s goal is to provide families facing the end of their beloved pet’s life with options. Together, with your veterinarian’s recommendations, we will create a care plan that meets the needs of your family.
In the setting of your home, where your pet is most comfortable and happy, Lamplight is honored to serve as an experienced guide.
In this way, the ending of life of a pet can be experienced as a gift: the gift of precious time spent together.