AAFP releases new feline End of Life Educational Toolkit

dvm360 Staff

This online tool offers veterinary professionals a useful guide for ensuring a smooth, calm, and compassionate experience for both cats and their owners during the end-of-life transition.

The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) recently released a digital End of Life Educational Toolkit to help veterinary professionals facilitate a well-planned, peaceful, and painless end-of-life transition for cats.

“Successful end of life feline care is about more than just medicine; it is about creating a peaceful transition for our patients and their owners,” says Wendy Simpson, DVM, AAFP task force chair, in an association release.

“The AAFP Task Force is committed to compassionate end of life care and is pleased to offer a new educational resource for veterinary professionals to help guide them through this practice,” she adds.

According to the release, the easy-to-read toolkit explains how to best broach this difficult and often emotional conversation with cat owners. It also addresses several tough questions to mind when working through challenging or unexpected events in euthanasia for both the owner and team.

Additionally, the online tool is designed to ensure the cat feels minimal fear, anxiety, and pain during the entire process and provides insight on each step of end-of-life care including the various areas of decision making, euthanasia experience, euthanasia process, final arrangements, frequently asked questions, and client resources.

“The End of Life Toolkit covers topics such as recommended sedatives and anesthetic protocols for cats and strategies for setting up the practice environment with comfort in mind,” says Simpson.

To download the new feline End of Life Educational Toolkit, go here.