Expert 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 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 People & Pets

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.

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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. 

McGhee
Dr. Cook's dog

Dr. Cook adopted McGhee when he was about 6 months old in June of 2017. 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. 

Barry
Dr. Cook's dog

Dr. Cook adopted Barry from One Tail at a Time in March of 2021 at the age of ~15 years old.  He is a super sweet miniature poodle who loves hugs and belly rubs. He has a number of special needs including congestive heart failure, kidney failure, blindness, urinary incontinence, and degenerative joint disease. That being said, Barry lives every day to the fullest and is feeling great!

Pogo
Dr. Cook's dog

Dr. Cook also adopted Pogo​ in March of 2021 from One Tail at a Time at the age of ~12-15 years old.  He is a very proud little Chihuahua/Rat Terrier mix who has a lot of rules, but also a lot of personality. He's slowly finding his way and establishing his empire and list of subjects. 

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Heather Bendishaw, CVT
Nurse & Patient Care Coordinator

We are so sorry to see Heather go, but she is moving on to new endeavors and experiences.  We wish her the very best!

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Hannah Siglin
Reception & Family Care Coordinator

Hannah has just joined the CVG team!

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Binky
Hannah's cat

Coming Soon

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

Publications

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cvsm.2019.12.007 

Bennett, C and Cook, N. Palliative Care Services at Home: Viewpoint from a Multidoctor Practice. Vet Clin Small Anim 49 (2019) 529-551. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cvsm.2019.01.018