Hospice Care for Pets

As a full-service veterinary practice, we offer hospice care for your beloved pet. This encompasses all that can be done to ensure patients have access to the best comfort and management of their environment during the later stages of their life. Pain management strategies (medications, acupuncture, etc.), physiotherapy, environmental adaptations and all possible compassionate considerations can be curated to your furry family member’s specific needs. Prior to pandemic restrictions, our team can also conduct house calls for patients with limited mobility. To learn more about our hospice care services, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at 403.239.4657.

What is hospice care for pets?

If your pet has a terminal illness that is no longer responsive to treatment, your veterinarian will recommend hospice care (also known as palliative care) to ensure they are pain-free and comfortable until they cross the rainbow bridge naturally, or your family decides that it is time for them to undergo a humane death through medically-induced euthanasia. As we touched on above, hospice care is a combination of treatments tailored for your pet’s unique situation.

How much does hospice care cost for pets?

Because hospice care is extremely customizable, it is difficult to provide a general cost estimate for all pets. Please give us a call to schedule a consultation, where our team will be able to provide you with an accurate service rate.

Does my pet have to stay at the veterinary hospital during hospice care?

Not necessarily. Although some treatments may need to be conducted at the clinic, your pet can certainly stay with you at home during their last days. This means you will be their primary caregiver. We will work closely with you and contact you regularly so you know all of the care you need to take while you are with your pet.


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Last updated: November 19, 2021

Dear valued clients,

We appreciate your patience and understanding while navigating these past 2 years together. Due to the high increase in positive COVID-19 cases we have returned to locked door/curbside policy effective January 4, 2022.

Only pets will be allowed in the clinic. Owners are asked to please stay in the parking lot while pets are being seen.

We ask that you follow these guidelines to ensure your visit is safe for yourselves, your pet, other clients and our staff:

  • When you arrive in our parking lot for an appointment, please remain in your vehicle and call (403)239-4657. After speaking with the vet one of our team members will meet you on the sidewalk outside the hospital to bring your pet inside. Please wear a mask when engaging with staff.
  • You must remain in the parking lot while we treat your pet. Doctors may be calling from an unknown number to discuss findings, please make sure you can receive such calls.
  • Please continue to follow the social distancing guidelines of two meters distance between yourself and other clients or staff
  • For food and mediation pick up please call the clinic when you have arrived and one of our staff members will let you know when to meet them outside the door for pick up. Please call ahead to place your orders.
  • Please give us a minimum of 2 business days for orders of food and medication to arrive.
  • Payment over the phone with credit/debit is preferred.
  • If you are experiencing any symptoms or have been out of the country in the last 10 days, please reschedule your appointment or send someone else to bring in your pet. Please ensure that the designated person is registered in our files.
  • We will continue to watch the guidelines posted from the Alberta government and will update our clients as needed if these protocols are to change.

    Thank you for your continued trust in us.

    - Your dedicated team at Edgemont Veterinary Clinic