Oxygen Therapy as a Comfort Tool for Hospice and Palliative Care Pets

Dr. Sara Render Hopkins is the founder of Compassion 4 Paws, an in-home acupuncture, hospice, and euthanasia practice based in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Sara is certified in veterinary acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and was one of the first veterinarians to become certified in Animal Hospice and Palliative Care through the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care, where she currently serves on the Board of Directors.

We recently spoke with Dr. Sara about how she uses Pawprint Oxygen in her practice to improve patient outcomes. Here is an excerpt from our interview:

Pawprint Oxygen: Can you describe a time when using Pawprint Oxygen Canisters has helped to improve a patient’s outcome or quality of life?

Dr. Sara: “Oxygen has been very valuable for many of our clients. For example, we have one family who has a little dog who has seizures and after each seizure the dog gets really panicky and distressed, so they will use the oxygen in that postictal period to give the dog relief. She is on oxygen for five minutes and then she is back to normal…I [also] have a client with a cat with asthma, so they are equipped with the Pawprint Oxygen Starter Kit and have that on hand. Their next door neighbor happened to have a cat who was also a hospice patient of mine. He started to have mini strokes and was having labored breathing, so my asthmatic cat owners rushed next door to the hospice patient and used the oxygen intermittently on him until I was able to get there to euthanize him. Not only was the kitty more comfortable, but the owner was grateful to offer some relief.”

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