FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News From Arms of Aloha October 23, 2017 Contact: Carolyn Naun, DVM 808-435-3006 ext 3, firstname.lastname@example.org Hawaii Gets its First Certified Expert in Animal Hospice and Palliative Care Carolyn Naun, DVM, CHPV, is in the world’s first class of students to gain the distinction [Kailua, HI]: Since Arms of Aloha opened in August of 2015, Oahu’s pets and their loved ones have had expanded options for end-of-life care. But until now, pet owners have had no way of knowing whether an animal professional has received advanced training in comfort care of terminally or chronically ill patients. Dr. Carolyn Naun, Arms of Aloha’smore…
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- Defining good quality-of-life can be tricky. One approach is to consider the “Five Freedoms,” a concept originating from the U.K.
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- Here are some common potential hazards to be on the lookout for
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- Learn to recognize signs of CD, and what you can do to help
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- Here are some pointers for both maintenance and managing soiling accidents
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- Examining the benefits and risks will help frame your questions and guide a decision
“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 regularmore…
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- Planning is key to a smooth transition. You should consider your wishes for the final moments, your budget, and what you want to do in case of a sudden change in your pet’s condition.
- 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 to help yourself and your loved ones as you sort it all out.
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