Posted: Apr 1, 2016
Dr. Lianna is featured in this New Jersey article about animal hospice. Click "read more" to read the article.Read More »
Posted: Mar 21, 2016
A wonderful article written by Maham Shakeel from CBC News featuring Dr. Lianna. This article talks about pet bereavement days. Some U.S. companies are starting to offer this to their employees.Read More »
Posted: Dec 23, 2015
Pet Loss, Grief & the Holidays
Holidays are usually a time for coming together with friends and family and
celebrating but when a beloved pet isn't present due to loss, the holidays can be a time of intense grief.
Whether it be a recent loss or one from long ago, grief can be present during the holidays turning what usually is a time of merriment into the roller coaster of emotions that come with grief.
It's important to take into account that those in grief may have mixed emotions at this time. While a pet caregiver may be remembering the life of their beloved pet with fondness during the holidays, he or she may also be experiencing the pain of grief at the same time. It's natural to feel intense sorrow and experience the joy of the season in tandem. Feeling conflicted at this time is to be expected.
The holidays can without a doubt intensify loneliness or sadness or cause one to have "grief bursts" when it appeared as though their grief was over. Just remember to encourage pet caregivers who are grieving to reach out for support from those who not just sympathize but truly empathize with pet loss and grief. Finding those who understand
provides pet caregivers permission to grieve and the opportunity to mourn their loss while continuing on their path from grief to healing.
Also, memorializing one's pet at this time can help aid in mourning. Hanging a Christmas stocking or personalized ornament for one's beloved pet can help remember the life and the relationship shared on earth and that we continue to share in more of a spiritual form with a precious pet.
Grief is the hardest work we as human we'll ever do. It becomes easier when another lends a hand. When pet caregivers feel understood, when their pain is acknowledged, they feel less devastated and more supported.
Our thoughts are with all those who are grieving this holiday season.
You are not alone.
Posted: Oct 20, 2015
International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care
Deems Fifth Conference a Success
(October 1-4, 2015)— San Diego, California was the site of the fifth annual International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care’s conference. Over two hundred participants came to hear the latest in the movement on educating pet care professionals on the various elements of an animal hospice program.Read More »
Posted: Oct 8, 2015
MAKING THAT FINAL DECISION TO SAY GOOD-BYE
You're giving me a special gift,
So sorrowfully endowed,
And through these last few cherished days,
Your courage makes me proud.
Posted: Jun 16, 2015
My cat started having coughing spells. I thought she was trying to cough up a hairball. My veterinarian has diagnosed feline asthma and bronchitis. I didn’t know cats could have such a thing.
Feline asthma affects a fair number of cats and is often associated with bronchitis. “Asthma” is technically an acute or chronic inflammation of the airway associated with several physiologic effects including:
- Increased responsiveness to various noxious stimuli
- Narrowing/constriction of the airways
- Reversibility of airway constriction
- The presence of inflammatory cells within the airways
Posted: Jun 16, 2015
"IMPORTANT: Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is very dangerous to dogs and cats."
Acetaminophen (Tylenol®, Paracetamol, APAP, N-acetyl-p-aminophenol) is a pain relief and fever-reducing medicine people use for many types of pain. It’s a popular over-the-counter oral medication used alone or in “combination” medications for headaches, pain, colds, flu and menstrual discomfort. It’s often combined with other drugs including aspirin, opioids, antihistamines, decongestants and caffeine.Read More »
Posted: May 4, 2015
What is cognitive dysfunction, and how is it diagnosed?
It is generally believed that a dog or cat’s cognitive function tends to decline with age, much as it does in people. If your dog or cat has one or more of the signs below and all potential physical or medical causes have been ruled out, it may be due to cognitive dysfunction. Of course, it is also possible that cognitive dysfunction can arise concurrently with other medical problems, so that it might be difficult to determine the exact cause of each sign.Read More »
Posted: Feb 10, 2015
What is rehabilitation and why is it used?
Lauren Bissonnette RVT CCMT COCM CCRP
Veterinary rehabilitation is nearly identical to physical therapy for people. However, it is a protected term in the province of Ontario; therefore professionals refer to it as veterinary rehabilitation (or rehab). Much like in humans, the focus of veterinary rehabilitation is functionality. Treatment goals are individualized to each patient, designed to optimize movement, and overall quality of life for the patient.