Special Veterinary Care for Your Aging Pet Friend
Like many older people, some senior dogs and cats have special needs. Harris Parkway Animal Hospital knows that injury to joints can result in the need for surgery or special physical therapy. Pain needs to be relieved. As the end of life nears, humane decisions must be made.
As animals age, additional tests, such as urinalysis and thyroid tests, are appropriate. Having a history of consistent examinations, worming, and vaccinations helps us to make a wise plan for your older pet’s health and medical needs. Every pet is different.
The lifespan of your pet also depends on breed. A large dog may show signs of aging and declining health at the age of 5 or 6, but a small breed dog may not be considered in his senior years until he is 10 to 16. Because each pet is an individual, we make decisions on nutritional requirements, surgeries, and other tests and treatments on a pet-by-pet basis. No two animals have the same health care plan.
Pain Relief for Senior Pets
As your pet ages, arthritis and joint pain may make him or her seem slower and less able to do the things he or she loves. We can help. With appropriate, ongoing pain relief medications, we often see improved attitude and mobility. Dietary supplements can help both cats and dogs.
If your pet is diagnosed with an age-related condition, such as arthritis or cancer, making sure that he or she is comfortable is a high priority. Our multi-modal approach, using several different types of pain relief and anti-inflammatory medications as well as physical therapy, means that we can ensure your pet is comfortable and more relaxed.
The end of life is inevitable, but that doesn’t make it any easier for you. Sometimes, sickness and injury can be cured and we will do our best. We’ll advise you on which tests and treatments can be most helpful to your pet, as well as what we can realistically expect from these tests and treatments.
The most important thing is to keep your pet comfortable and as happy as possible. We will work with you to make the right decisions that ensure dignity and relief for your beloved family member.