- 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
- 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
- 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
- The rewards of giving your animal companion the gift of a peaceful and gentle passing can be many.
- Planning is key to a smooth transition. You should consider your wishes for the final moments, your budget, and what you want to do in case of a sudden change in your pet’s condition.
- Loud noises and routine changes can be frightening for pets
- Fortunately, we have some options to help reduce the fear and anxiety surrounding stressful situations.
We talk a lot about quality of life in senior pets because many the factors that interfere with it are obvious. But central to your pet’s happiness is his or her relationship to you. Get started on the right foot with positive training that establishes a lifelong bond. And what is the first thing you teach a new puppy? How to sit, of course! Watch this video on DVM360.com by Melissa Spooner, LVT, VTS (behavior), BS, KPA-CPT: [contentcards url=”http://veterinaryteam.dvm360.com/don-t-be-pushy-right-and-wrong-way-pet-owners-teach-sit” target=”_blank”] more…
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