“How did you decide to do animal hospice?” I need to polish my response to this frequent question because, well, I tend to ramble. The seed was planted, I think, when I experienced hospice firsthand with my own dad. I subsequently developed a deep professional interest in pain management and quality of life issues. Seeing an unmet need in my community, I launched my practice in August of 2015. The most common service for which I am called upon is home euthanasia, and my hospice clientele is also growing steadily. It has been an incredible journey. As I developed my business plan, I knew that confronting grief on a regularRead More →

Recommended Reading List Many have found comfort in these resources. See this list on Amazon About Dying – Sara Bonnett Stein The Pet Loss Companion – Ken Dolan-del Vecchio & Nancy Saxton-Lopez Coping with Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet – Moira Anderson Allen Lifetimes – The Beautiful way to Explain Death to Children – Bryan Mellonie and Robert Ingpen My Pet Remembrance Journal – Enid Traisman Helping Children Cope with Separation and Loss – Claudia Jewett Jarratt “I wish I could Hold Your Hand” – Dr. Pat Palmer I’ll Always Love You – Hans Wilhelm Tigger and Friends – Dennis HamleyRead More →

You knew the day had to come sooner or later. Still, it is never easy to hear that a beloved pet has a serious illness. Making important decisions that will have a strong emotional and possibly financial impact on the whole family is stressful. Here’s how you can help yourself and your loved ones as you sort it all out.Read More →

Your help is urgently needed to prevent the suffering and starvation of Hawaii’s free-roaming cats. SB2450 and its companion, HB 2118 would ban the feeding of all animals deemed predators, including stray cats and dogs, on state land. This is a sweeping mandate that would include state beaches, parks, schools and more. It is well known, through experience and research, that there are more effective, compassionate solutions to reducing community cat populations in Hawaii. Please join the Hawaiian Humane Society, the Oahu SPCA, Cat Friends and many other animal welfare organizations and citizens in strongly opposing this legislation. How you can help Submit Testimony in Person SB2450 is scheduled forRead More →

Mobility is particularly challenging for larger pets. A small dog or a cat can readily be carried from place to place, lifted onto their favorite couch, and taken outside to do their business. However, even our short-legged buddies can benefit from a little extra help sometimes. Let’s look at some of the changes we might observe in an aging pet, and what we can do about it.Read More →

‘Tis the season – for FIREWORKS! Does this strike a chord of fear in your heart? Ringing in the new year with firecrackers and small fireworks is a long-held tradition here in Hawaii.  These days, with new restrictions, it’s a little quieter, but late June, early July and the New Year are still stressful for many pets and their owners. Common reactions to the noisy celebrations include hiding, escape (animal advocacy groups report shelters are very busy in fireworks season), or vocalizing. Other signs of anxiety include shivering, panting, attention-seeking, and restlessness. Many pets also hate travel, especially if they must fly overseas in the cargoRead More →