As we continue to experience challenges and disruptions in our daily lives due to COVID-19, we wanted to keep you informed of possible delays in services and employee status currently at Takoma Park Animal Clinic.
First, we have not received any reports from our staff regarding any exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19). We have required all staff, visitors, and other stakeholders to wear a mask at all times while on the premises (inside or outside). We also require that staff and visitors sanitize their hands at the entrance and keep 6 ft distance from each other. Our goal is to provide a safe & healthy environment for our staff, clients, and all stakeholders.
Secondly, we are also making every effort to ensure we can continue to serve you and your companion during the pandemic. At this point, we have decided to adjust our operating hours given the final decision of the District of Columbia, Montgomery County, and Prince George’s Public School Board of Education’s decisions about student’s virtual learning from home. This decision has impacted many parents/guardians in our area and our staff isn’t exempt. See temporary hours below. In addition, only clients requiring euthanasia services will be allowed into the clinic at this time. Please note that we are providing curbside service and telemedicine as an alternative.
Lastly, we will continue to keep you informed of any further updates as we all maneuver through this new “norm” journey. We thank you in advance for your continued understanding and support as we strive to meet the needs of all stakeholders involved. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but please know that the decision was not easy; yet, for the best. We hope that you and your family are keeping safe. Thank you for allowing Takoma Park Animal Clinic to care for your veterinary needs.
Sunday: 9am to 1pm
Mon & Wed: 8am to 5pm
Tues, Thurs, Fri: 9am to 5pm
Saturday: 9am to 2pm
Facing the final months, weeks, or days of a pet’s life can be some of the saddest most stressful times for pet owners. At Takoma Park Animal Clinic, our veterinarians understand how difficult it can be to face the final moments of our furry companions’ lives, and we will be with you every step of the way, doing our best to keep your pet comfortable while helping you navigate care and decision-making throughout the end of life process.
Between the time when a terminal diagnosis is made and your pet’s end of life, our veterinarians focus on keeping our patients comfortable and happy to maintain a good quality of life with veterinary hospice care until the pet’s health begins to decline and euthanasia becomes advisable.
What Is End of Life Care or Veterinary Hospice Care?
Normally, veterinary care focuses on preventative and curative treatments. However, when a pet can no longer be cured due to the diagnosis of a terminal illness, injury, or old age, our focus shifts from curative treatments to palliative care.
Palliative care includes supportive treatments and therapies designed to mitigate pain and keep a failing pet comfortable and happy until their final moments arrive. Various palliative treatments are designed to mitigate pain, control nausea, regulate a pet’s temperature, prevent dehydration, and more.
When a pet is put on veterinary hospice care, they might receive a combination of the following palliative care treatments:
Just because a pet cannot be cured doesn’t mean they can’t still enjoy life. Our veterinarian will provide you with a variety of palliative care options that can comfortably extend your pet’s life until the time for a compassionate end of life arrives.
Veterinary Hospice Care House Calls
We understand how stressful it can be to transport a sick pet to and from the veterinary clinic for ongoing end of life care. The unnecessary stress isn’t good for your pet or for you. To help accommodate your needs and keep your pet as comfortable as possible, our veterinarians at Takoma Park Animal Clinic can bring your pet’s palliative care to the comfort and familiarity of your own home with our veterinary house call services.
End of Life Care with Takoma Park Animal Clinic
If your pet has received a terminal diagnosis or is experiencing declining health, we strongly encourage you to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians. We will examine your pet and help you determine the best course of treatment.
To learn more about veterinary hospice care, house calls, or to schedule an appointment for your pet, we welcome you to contact our office anytime.