169: Dr Kathy Cooney: How Can Our Companion Animals Die With Dignity

Pawprint | animal rescue podcast for dog, cat, and other animal lovers

25-11-2018 • 52 minutos

Lorrie Shaw, our guest co-host, and Dr. Kathy Cooney share best practices and stories from the growing field of hospice and palliative care for our companion animals.

Dr. Cooney is a veterinarian, animal hospice consultant, educator, and founder of Home to Heaven in beautiful Loveland, Colorado.

Dr. Kathy Cooney’s Website

Previous episode with Dr. Cooney

Lorrie Shaw’s Website

Lorrie’s Blog, “Animals Unfolded”


  1. Freedom From Hunger and Thirst
    • By ready access to fresh water and diet to maintain health and vigor.
  2. Freedom From Discomfort
    • By providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
  3. Freedom From Pain, Injury, or Disease
    • By prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
  4. Freedom To Express Normal Behavior
    • By providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind.
  5. Freedom From Fear and Distress
    • By ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering

Dr. Cooney added a Sixth Freedom: Freedom To Die A Good Death

Dr. Cooney credits the sixth freedom to Jessica Pierce and Her Book, "The Last Walk: Reflections on Our Pets at the End of Their Lives"

Thank you Dr. Kathy Cooney and Co-Host Lorrie Shaw!

About Nancy and Harold Rhee

We have been married over 20 years, fostered over 60 dogs in the past four years, and we love animal rescue and the amazing people who dedicate their lives. And of course, the dogs and cats!

If you want to learn more about Nancy and Harold, go to our About Us page at http://thisispawprint.com/about or listen to our introductory podcast episode, "Fifty Puppies and a Podcast." http://thisispawprint.com/000

About Pawprint

Pawprint (or Paw Print) is a weekly podcast dedicated to animal rescue, adoption, and the heroes who make it happen. Volunteer, walk, adopt, or foster a dog, cat, rabbit, or other wonderful pet through your local shelter, humane society, SPCA, pound, and animal control. Stop abuse, and help increase animal protection, welfare, and rights. http://thisispawprint.com http://animalrescuepodcast.com

Don’t miss any new episodes. Sign up for our email list.

If you want to join our animal rescue community and receive two free bonus dog-training resources from Irith Bloom, positive reinforcement dog trainer, go to http://thisispawprint.com/ask. Irith can be found at http://www.thesophisticateddog.com/

About Pawprint’s Music

All of Pawprint's music is composed by Luke Gartner-Brereton. Luke is based in Brisbane, Australia, and he composes a wide variety of songs and musical loops http://info.vanillagroovemedia.com http://vanillagroovestudios.com http://soundcloud.com/luke-gartnerbrereton