Expert, gentle care for older pets & pets with serious illness.

"You matter because you are you, and you matter to the end of your life."
Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of Modern Hospice

Our Clinic

Our mission is to support older animals and their humans with excellent care, love & understanding.  It is also our goal to improve the availability and understanding of veterinary palliative medicine, including longevity support, palliative care, hospice care, and end of life services.
We work exclusively with older pets and
pets with serious illness conditions in order to focus on their unique needs.  
We will communicate with and work together with your primary care veterinarian and other specialists in order to provide excellent care for your pet.
All of our care is mobile.  We are dedicated to providing gentle and compassionate care in the comfort of your home.  We do not have a clinic location where we see patients.  
Because of the unique nature of our clinic, we do not offer vaccinations, radiographic imaging, or surgical/dental services.  We will, however, help to arrange these services if needed.

Our Services


Our People

A Note from Dr. Cook

Protecting and supporting the bond we have with our pets is incredibly important.

Just as our animal companions rely on us to love them and provide for them, we too revel in the unconditional love and joy that they bring into our lives.  

With clear communication, an integrative & holistic approach to medical and comfort care, and the knowledge that every animal is an individual, we can provide excellent health care and honor the very special bond we have with our pets.

We are very excited to announce the addition of our new
Patient Care Coordinator and Nurse!
Dr. Nathaniel Cook DVM, CVA, CVFT, CTPEP
Medical Director and Founder

Dr. Cook grew up in the Chicago suburb of Evanston and attended Davidson College where he graduated with Honors in Biology in 2000. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. He is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA), Certified Veterinary Food Therapist (CVFT), and Certified TCVM Palliative and End of Life Practitioner (CTPEP) through the Chi Institute of TCVM in Reddick, FL. 


Dr. Cook has worked in many facets of veterinary medicine, but his passion is helping families care for their older pets and pets with serious illness conditions. Due to his interest in veterinary palliative medicine, he founded A Living Bond, a mobile clinic dedicated to hospice and palliative care in Chicago, IL in 2014, and also worked with Heart’s Ease Veterinary Care in Louisville, KY from 2017-2019, also a clinic dedicated to hospice and palliative care. Now, he is very excited to continue his dedication to Palliative Medicine by founding Chicago Veterinary Geriatrics. 

Dr. Cook's dog

Dr. Cook eventually adopted McGhee after fostering him starting when he was about 6 months old. McGhee has come a long way with managing his separation anxiety, but still doesn't really want any alone time. He is loving, cuddly, boisterous, and a true clown. 

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Heather Bendishaw, CVT
Nurse and Patient Care Coordinator

Heather joins Chicago Veterinary Geriatrics after working in veterinary emergency and critical care for several years.  We are so happy that she will be able to bring her nursing expertise and genuine care and love for her patients to our clinic. 

Heather's Cat

All of this for me!

Heather's Cat

Rub my belly please :)

Professional Memberships

AVMA:  American Veterinary Medical Association

WATCVM: World Association of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine

IVAPM:  International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management

IAAHPC:  International Association for Animal Hospice & Palliative Care
VSHPC:  Veterinary Society For Hospice & Palliative Care

AAVN: American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition

APLB: Association for Pet Loss & Bereavement


Marchitelli, B, Shearer, T and Cook, N.  Factors Contributing to the Decision to Euthanize Diagnosis, Clinical Signs, and Triggers. Vet Clin Small Anim 50 (2020) 573–589. 

Bennett, C and Cook, N. Palliative Care Services at Home: Viewpoint from a Multidoctor Practice. Vet Clin Small Anim 49 (2019) 529-551.