It’s important to consider the pros, cons, risks and benefits of starting any proposed treatment plan with your pet. In this second of two parts, let’s take a look at the home environment and the people who will be responsible for carrying out the plan. more…
Can your pet’s needs be realistically met by the proposed treatment plan? Let us consider the patient’s physical, social, and emotional needs.more…
- 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.
- Long-planned vacations or business trips can feel like a looming deadline when a loved one’s day-to-day condition may be unpredictable.
- Having your pet supervised by a trusted person and taking the time to write down your wishes in advance can ease some of the anxiety you may be feeling.
- 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
- 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
- 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
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