Pain Management in Elderly Pets

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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
Today, the practice of high-quality veterinary medicine focuses on the entire patient, as well – from medical issues that affect physical functioning, to emotional and psychological issues that affect well-being. Despite all of the advances in medicine, living with pain is still a major challenge for both humans and their pet friends. Experiencing pain can affect the body’s physical functioning and can have a detrimental effect on a patient’s well-being and state of mind. That’s why pet pain management, for such later-in-life conditions as hip dysplasia and chronic degenerative joint disease.

How Does Pet Pain Management Work?
Your Boca Raton pet care specialist, Compassionate Care Animal Clinic, takes an approach to pet pain management that centers taking steps to manage pain from the outset – for instance, with supplements – as well as continuing to manage pain throughout your pet’s treatment process. The clinic’s staff of compassionate, caring professionals is skilled in recognizing signs of pain in animals and developing an individualized plan that will help their pet patients with their pain in later life.

Recognizing and alleviating pain in a pet’s life is at the very heart of quality, compassionate patient care. Your Boca Raton veterinarian never takes pain management for granted and will employ all of her skills to help ensure your pet’s lifelong comfort.


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