Sabina Jennings had a special relationship with her cat, Gemma.
“I adopted her in 2004. The shelter said she was about a year old. I saw her markings and took her out, and she was friendly and responded to touch, and I knew she was the one,” she said.
Jennings had just moved into her first apartment and was ready for a feline companion. That companionship lasted more than 12 years, until Gemma, who Jennings refers to as her “first born,” passed away in October 2016.
“She left a big hole in my heart. She was there through so many difficult times in my life. She had a sixth sense and knew to be with me when I was breaking down,” Jennings said.
The bond between Jennings and Gemma wasn’t unlike the bond many pet owners share with their pets. And, as the human-animal bond grows stronger, more pet owners are looking for ways to make it last as long as possible.
That’s why the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) teamed up with the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC) to create the AAHA/IAAHPC End-of-Life Care Guidelines.
Heather Loenser, DVM, AAHA’s veterinary advisor for professional and public affairs, said these new guidelines will...