Due to the current health concerns regarding COVID-19, Pet Hospice is not accepting any new cases. If we can help you via a phone consult, leave us a message at (970) 219-7335 and one of our team members will get back to you.
The Argus Institute believes that hospice is a philosophy of care, rather than a specific place, and functions on the principle that death is a part of life. Our team provides comfort and care for your pet in the solace of your own home, under the guidance of your veterinarian.
Terminal illness and the dying process profoundly impact not only the patient, but the family and caregivers as well. It is our hope that this process can be experienced with dignity and respect as your pet rests at home surrounded by loved ones.
Hospice for pets is provided, free of charge, by Colorado State University veterinary student volunteers trained to:
- Empower your family to care for your pet’s medical and emotional needs at home
- Provide pain and comfort assessment for your pet, as well as emotional support for your family
- Offer end-of-life education in a caring manner while in your familiar home environment
- Give your family time to adjust to your pet’s progressive disease and say goodbye in your own way
- Help make your pet’s death a compassionate and meaningful experience for you, your family, and your pet
Pet Hospice meets the needs of pets and families when:
- Your pet has a terminal diagnosis, and treatment has begun to shift from curing the illness to providing comfort
- Your pet has a life expectancy of three months or less
- You are able to care for your pet at home
- You live within 30 minutes of the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital
- Your veterinarian oversees the medical management of your pet’s illness, in partnership with hospice
Hospice care is not intended for chronic diseases without a terminal diagnosis. Volunteers do not perform euthanasia.
“ We are so thankful that the CSU hospice team was there for us and our family throughout the entire process of losing our dog. They treated us and our beloved dog with unsurpassed care and affection, and walked us through a difficult process with kindness, love, and support. ”
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