Slide Compassion, Always We’re honored to be a part of your pet’s life. Our hospital in Syracuse thrives on fostering the human-animal bond and keeping families together for as long as possible. As pets reach their twilight years, however, you begin to face challenges regarding their health and overall happiness. To guide you and your pet through this difficult stage, we're here to offer services that can make the journey easier.

Slide How We Care Our hospice and palliative services include:
  • Offering consultations for end of life care
  • Evaluating your pet’s foremost health needs and social and emotional well-being
  • Educating owners and offering support through the end of life stage
  • Anticipatory pet loss coaching: This involves giving families coping skills, emotional support, self-care, and preparation in anticipation of their pet’s loss
  • Pet bereavement coaching to support grieving family members as they cope with their pet’s loss
Losing a pet truly is like losing a family member, and the feelings that result from this event are entirely valid. Furthermore, it’s important to face grief and find healthy ways to cope. This helps you and your family move forward but still remember (and cherish) the life you shared with your pet.

Meet our Hospice and Palliative care specialist, Sally.

Slide How We Care Our hospice and palliative services include:
  • Offering consultations for end of life care
  • Evaluating your pet’s foremost health needs and social and emotional well-being
  • Educating owners and offering support through the end of life stage
  • Anticipatory pet loss coaching: This involves giving families coping skills, emotional support, self-care, and preparation in anticipation of their pet’s loss
  • Pet bereavement coaching to support grieving family members as they cope with their pet’s loss
Losing a pet truly is like losing a family member, and the feelings that result from this event are entirely valid. Furthermore, it’s important to face grief and find healthy ways to cope. This helps you and your family move forward but still remember (and cherish) the life you shared with your pet.

Meet our Hospice and Palliative care specialist, Sally.

Pet Loss Support Group

Our Pet Loss Support Group offers a welcoming environment where pet parents can share their stories and connect with one another. Speaking openly about your experiences and feelings is an important step in the healing process, and allows you to honor your pet with others.

Call us at 315-478-3161 or email Sally at sallyjo@stackvethospital.com if you would like to take part.

It is my goal to support families and their pets during the final stages of life. The medical advances today have proven to help animals be more comfortable in their final moments. My compassion and drive will support the family’s environment and help them spend quality time with their pet during this difficult process.

– Sally Van Ostrand, Hospice and Palliative Care Liaison

Pet Loss Support Group

Our Pet Loss Support Group offers a welcoming environment where pet parents can share their stories and connect with one another. Speaking openly about your experiences and feelings is an important step in the healing process, and allows you to honor your pet with others.

Call us at 315-478-3161 or email Sally at sallyjo@stackvethospital.com if you would like to take part.

It is my goal to support families and their pets during the final stages of life. The medical advances today have proven to help animals be more comfortable in their final moments. My compassion and drive will support the family’s environment and help them spend quality time with their pet during this difficult process.

– Sally Van Ostrand, Hospice and Palliative Care Liaison