- Losing a beloved animal companion is heartbreaking. Nothing will make the grief disappear, but taking care of your emotional needs can help you heal.
- Talking with loved ones, finding outside support, and finding ways to honor and memorialize your friend are all good strategies for self care
- 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.
- It is never easy to hear that a beloved pet has a serious illness. Making important decisions that will have a strong emotional and possibly financial impact on the whole family is stressful.
- Here’s how to help yourself and your loved ones as you sort it all out.
- Although it may seem counterintuitive to think about end-of-life care for a young and healthy pet, some issues are easier to consider before a time of crisis
- Knowing your goals and priorities, as well as your pet’s needs and preferences, can help facilitate decision making when a serious illness or accident occurs
- Mobility is particularly challenging for larger pets. A small dog or a cat can readily be carried from place to place, lifted onto their favorite couch, and taken outside to do their business
- Learning to recognize early signs, and making some changes to the pet’s environment, can help them maintain function and comfort
- 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.
- Arthritis is a common condition in dogs and cats. It cannot be cured, but it can be managed
- There are a number of options for treating arthritis. Combining multiple approaches leads to the best results.
There’s that old saying about the cobbler’s children having no shoes. As a veterinarian, sometimes I feel ashamed after dropping the ball with my own babies. Like the time my Lab found a stash of raisins I didn’t even know I had. Then did it again two weeks later. I’m supposed to know better! I have had a few occasions to feel guilty when I realized I had been missing some important but subtle signs once they’re back to their usual selves. What I’m trying to tell you is that you will get no judgement here. 20% of dogs suffer from arthritis pain and some ofmore…
- Nutritional supplements, sometimes called nutraceuticals, can play a key role in the management of chronic pain and inflammation
- But buyer beware: supplements are not subject to approval by the FDA. What does this mean to you, the consumer?
- You might be able to fool your cat once, but when it comes to anything unpleasant, cats have the memory of an elephant. Not to mention sharp teeth
- There is a better way, although it costs a bit more. Many drugs can be compounded into a liquid formulation, capsules, or even as a gel that is absorbed through the skin.
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