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Canine Palliative and Hospice Care & Oncology Massage - Virginia, December 2019


  • Wholistic Paws Veterinary Services 20600 Gordon Park Square, #170 Ashburn, VA 20147 USA (map)

*Trust and Relationship-Building with Dogs is recommended, but not required.

How can we best support our canine companions when they are at their most vulnerable: during and after cancer, chronic illness, or injury, and at the end of life? In this 2-day workshop, participants learn approaches to palliative and hospice care that complement the care provided by a veterinarian. Participants also receive an overview of canine cancer and learn how massage and bodywork may help as an adjunct therapy. A blend of theory and hands-on practice, this workshop covers topics such as the unique needs of the palliative and hospice client, cancer myths and types of canine cancer, and guidelines for working with cancer patients as well as with patients who have other health-related conditions that require palliative and/or hospice care. Additionally, participants learn about pet parent education and empowerment and working with other caregivers. Special emphasis will be placed on learning safe and effective bodywork techniques that can be used by pet professionals and pet parents alike.