Geriatric and Palliative Care
As veterinary medicine continues to evolve and advance, our pets live longer and healthier lives. Because we share so much time and love with our companion animals, it is important to focus on older pets as much as we would the ever-adorable puppies and kittens.
We provide in-home consultations for geriatric pets to help assess the entire picture and allow owner's to make the best decision moving forward. Quality-of-life is of the utmost importance in these situations and we will evaluate an animal's ambulation, pain control, hygiene, and the feasibility of continued committed care on the part of family members.
Older pets have specific health needs, some similar and many quite different than what we'd expect of a young animal. Older pets are commonly diagnosed with the following conditions:
- Metabolic disease (Including Addison's, Cushing's)
- Endocrine disease (including Diabetes Mellitus, Hypothyroidism -dogs, or hyperthyroidism -cats)
- Degenerative illnesses such as organ failure
- Osteoarthritis; older pets often demonstrate some degree of arthritis, evident as a stiffened gait, trouble using stairs or walking on smooth surfaces, and muscle wasting
- Mobility and Home Environmental Assessments
- Pain Management Suggestions and modifications
- Dietary modifications
- Facilitating relationships with dog walkers, at-home groomers, and care providers that can further add to the care of geriatric animals at home.
- Stairs & Ramps
- Therapeutic Pet Beds
- Booties, Paw Protector
- Physical Therapy