When I first opened Arms of Aloha (beginning, as I’m fond of pointing out in speeches and interviews, as just me and a Rubbermaid box of supplies) and people would ask me what I do, I’d say almost apologetically, “Well, you know, I’m a veterinarian, but I’m actually opening this animal hospice….” Over time, I’ve learned to hold my head up and declare with confidence, “I’m a hospice veterinarian.” Animal lovers typically respond with some version of “I don’t know how you do it. That must be really tough.” This happens so often that I’ve advised everyone on our team to have a stock response.more…
- Take some simple steps to ensure a fun holiday for all.
- We’ll also discuss some safety tips and give you the low-down on that infamous holiday treat, chocolate, plus another less-known toxin you need to know about.
- Making sure your pet enjoys good quality-of-life, especially at end-of-life, is likely a high priority for you
- Defining good quality-of-life can be tricky. One approach is to consider the “Five Freedoms,” a concept originating from the U.K.
- The gradual changes in strength, agility, vision, hearing, and cognitive function in the senior pet may call for adjustments
- Here are some common potential hazards to be on the lookout for
- Behavioral changes are the most common indicator of arthritis in cats
- These changes could also mean something else, so it is best to check with your veterinarian if you observe them
- Supplements and natural remedies are an exciting new/old approach to medicine.
- Consumers must be savvy to avoid products which are ineffective or possibly even harmful to pets
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are effective at managing pain from arthritis and other causes
- They can also have serious side effects, and most over-the-counter versions are unsafe for pets
- In a 2011 study of 497 dogs aged 8-19 years, 14.2 percent had signs consistent with Cognitive Dysfunction (CD), but only 1.9 percent had a diagnosis on file.
- Learn to recognize signs of CD, and what you can do to help
- An aging or ill pet may need help keeping themself clean and dry. Reduced mobility, chronic illness, and incontinence can all contribute to hygiene problems.
- Here are some pointers for both maintenance and managing soiling accidents
- There are always pros and cons to any sort of diagnostic testing
- Examining the benefits and risks will help frame your questions and guide a decision
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