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Pain Management in Elderly Pets

Modern medicine can be both a blessing and a curse.  A blessing when it enables us to live longer, a curse when our quality of life is so diminished that a longer life can be a long, difficult road to travel. While we’re living longer, so are our pets, and there are a myriad number of reasons for this. People are spending more on their furry friends In 2016, Americans spent $62 billion on their pets and they’re on track to spend more than $64.5 billion this year, according to the American Pet Product Association. Americans spent a total of $23.04 billion on pet food, $14.39 billion on supplies/OTC medicine, $15.73 billion on vet care, $2.19 billion on live animal purchases and $5.24 billion on pet services like grooming and boarding. Obviously, we need to toss out the old “rule of thumb” that one year in a human’s life equals 7 in a pet’s.  Some pets, depending on their size and breed, are living nearly ten years for every one human year.  As you can imagine, while the dollars spent and care given to today’s pets, in the form of better living conditions, better nutrition, and better preventative medicines all contribute to this longer life span, the octogenarian dog’s long life is largely due to the veterinary care that is now available.  In fact, the animal kingdom has benefitted from advancements that we humans can still only dream about… such as a cancer vaccine!  Laparoscopic surgery, laser surgery… even acupuncture are now common veterinary practices, all but eliminating, in the case of a surgical procedure, a treatment that used to be quite invasive… and dangerous. Unfortunately, a longer life is often accompanied by long-term pain [...]

By |February 6th, 2017|Categories: Cats, Dogs, Senior Care|0 Comments

What are the Signs Your Pet has Heat Stroke

It’s that time of year again, when the thermometer is climbing as temperatures reach sweltering levels. Summer time doesn’t mean you have to keep your pets indoors constantly, but it does bring an added risk of heat stroke, a serious and sometimes fatal condition that will most certainly result in an emergency trip to your Boca Raton veterinarian. To help ensure that your pet enjoys the warmer Florida weather safely, here are some of the signs to watch for. Signs and Symptoms of a Heat Stroke in your Pet! A pet suffering from heat stroke may exhibit one or more of the following symptoms: Excessive panting Tongue and gums dry, sticky and colored dark or bright red Extremely high body temperature (104-110 degrees F) Staggering, stupor (disorientation) Bloody diarrhea Vomiting Seizures Unconsciousness If you notice any of these signs in your pet, bring them to your Boca Raton vet immediately – time is of the essence. Preventing your Pet from a Heat Stroke! You can take some measures to help protect your pet from suffering heat stroke, such as: Keep your pet out of direct sunlight as much as possible Do not leave your pet outdoors for long periods of time If indoors, supply air conditioning if possible or keep your pet in an area that is naturally more cool, such as the basement Always provide an ample supply of cool (not ice cold), fresh water Keep fur trimmed short Limit strenuous activities Cool your pet’s body frequently using wet cloths Give your pet a cool bath Never, ever leave your pet in a vehicle unattended Again, if you suspect that your pet may be suffering from heat stroke, it is imperative that you seek [...]

Caring for Your Elderly Cat

How to Care for Your Elderly Cat? If your elderly cat is past those middle age years, she/he may not move as quickly as she/he once did. If you wondering how to care for your elderly cat now try these suggestions from our veterinarian in Boca Raton. […]