Is your pet ‘just getting old?’ or is there something we can help you with to improve their quality of life?
Dogs, Cats and rabbits are living longer as we appreciate a better understanding of how best to care for and feed our pets. There are many things we can do to prolong and improve quality of life in the later years. E.g. a pet which goes through life at an ideal body weight will live on average 2 years longer. A pet which is obese as a puppy/kitten is more likely to suffer from weight related problems in old age. Many age-related problems can be minimised and managed effectively.
At one of our senior clinic appointments we can discuss any of the following and more.
Pain relief, joint care supplements and diets. Probably the most importance consideration for elderly animals is pain relief. Many chronic joint diseases and the wear and tear suffered by the joints of a dog in his lifetime can culminate in pain. There are ways of managing this with diet, exercise, supplements and pain relief. For the vast majority of dogs, the benefits of pain relief (short or long term) greatly outweigh any disadvantages.
Feeding to optimise brain functioning and mobility. There is strong evidence to support the use of certain diets and supplements to prevent / delay the onset of brain ageing. Which supplements are worth their weight in gold and which are money for old rope? The body has different requirements as it ages and these can be provided for in a diet. The way in which protein is used for repair processes and the ‘mopping up’ of free radicals by antioxidants becomes more important with age.
Do dogs have strokes? Simply, the answer is no, not in the same way that people do. They do, however frequently suffer from a group of symptoms that can appear to an owner as a stroke. Each dog needs to be assessed and appropriate treatment recommended.
Chronic Renal Insufficiency – Kidney disease in ageing cats. We can discuss ways of monitoring the condition and how to reduce the speed of progression. Most importantly we can discuss how to optimise quality of life.
Checking for Lumps– what is a concern and what isn’t?