Trusted Veterinary Sites

Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice

Drs. Dani McVety and Mary Gardner run a pet hospice clinic in Florida and manage a nationwide network of mobile hospice and euthanasia veterinarians. Check out their “Educational Pet Disease Series” for basic information specific to your Dear Dog’s illness.

Second Chance Animal Sanctuary

Dr. Ron Hines clearly explains the most common diseases he treats at his clinic in Texas. He includes diagrams and information about how the diseases might progress. I found his site invaluable (scroll down to the “dog” section).

Argus Foundation at Colorado State University

Kali’s great-uncle Steve used to teach at CSU’s veterinary teaching hospital — one of the best in the country. Since 1984 its Argus Institute Counseling and Support Services has helped families make hospice arrangements for their ill pets, and supported them through the euthanasia process. You might want to order the “Making Decisions When Your Companion Animal is Sick” booklet, too.

Pawspice for Cancer Care

If your Dear Dog suffers from cancer, Dr. Alice Villalobos specializes in end-of-life cancer care. She also writes about quality of life, euthanasia decisions and grieving. 

Dr. Patty Khuly’s articles on PetMD

Like WebMD for people, PetMD explores animal illnesses from symptoms to treatments. We found Dr. Patty Khuly’s articles especially useful.

Dog Dementia Help & Support

Eileen Anderson created this thoughtful website after her Dear Dog, Cricket, was diagnosed with canine cognitive dysfunction (doggie dementia or Alzheimer’s). We had no idea such a thing even existed until our dog Jenna started acting “strange” after her stroke. Lucky we found Eileen’s site to help us navigate Jenna’s illness.