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Geriatric Pet Support

Does your pet manifest signs of chronic, age-related conditions that are threatening to impair her or his quality of life? Common condition affecting aging dogs and cats include arthritic joints, cancer, impaired function of the heart, kidneys and digestive organs, diabetes, thyroid disorders, decreased hearing and vision, and cognitive dysfunction (senility).

With the onset of age-related changes, traveling to the vet office may be more stressful than it had been in the past, especially if your pet is experiencing decreased mobility, increased anxiety, and overall frailty. Our goal at Compassionate Veterinary Hospice is to provide you and your pet extra support during times of increased needs.

Dr. Shanan’s in home visits include a thorough review of your pet’s medical history, a gentle physical exam, and an evaluation of your home environment to identify any issues of discomfort for your pet.

Protecting older pets from pain

Protecting older pets from pain is a frequent concern for their owners/caregivers. Animals’ behavior changes when they are experiencing chronic pain: decreased activity, slow or stiff gait and decreased appetite are the most common signs of chronic pain in dogs and cats. However, these common signs of pain are often missed, attributed to “old age” instead. Dr. Shanan’s experience and expertise in recognizing and managing older pets’ chronic pain are unparalleled. He is passionionate about ensuring the animals in his care are as comfortable as they can possibly be. Successful chronic pain management depends on your astute observations of subtle behavior changes, and on correctly interpreting what those changes mean from your pet’s point of view. Regular communication, frequent adjustments to the treatment protocol, and periodic reassessment by Dr. Shanan ensure the best outcome for each pet.

Other senior pet discomforts

In addition to pain, many symptoms of the conditions that commonly plague older dogs and cats are obvious to the attentive owner/caregiver’s eye, requiring no medical training, including:

Your observations are crucially important in helping your pet maintain the best possible quality of life. Take note of any changes when you notice them; keep track (by written record if possible); and communicate regularly with the Compassionate Veterinary Hospice team.

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