Senior Care Program
A senior pet is not only an old pet, but an adult in the second half of its life and the age at which that individual enters senior age differs according to breed and size.
A “Senior Care Programme” supports the pet and its ownerduring the later stages of life. Its goals include the following:
- Using targeted screening to monitor the health of senior pets at regular intervals and to detect and immediately treat incipient diseases at an early stage.
- Using the right products (food and medication) to delay the onset of certain diseases typically associated withold age.
- Treating existing illnesses in the best possible manner to ensure continuing quality of life.
The Basic Programme
Individual counselling on the general subject of ageing, but stressing the particular risk factors for the individual because of its particular breed or medical history
In addition to the usual questions on the patient’s health, specific questions on symptoms of typical age related illnesses are raised in order to reveal subtle changes in the pet’s condition. Close questioning of the client regarding the pet’s behaviour may reveal discrete changes,pointing towards possible problems.
A thorough general clinical examination with a particular focus on symptoms and indicators of the beginning of organ degeneration and diseases. In particular, these should include heart function, kidneys, brain (often recognisable through behavioural changes) as well asthe skeletal system and teeth.
Lab screening with blood and urine tests, using parameters that are especially useful for early detection of age-related illnesses
Results-oriented consultation based on the findings of the clinical examination, history and laboratory tests and, if any abnormalities are suspected, a recommendation for additional tests..
Advice regarding the special dietary requirements of an ageing pet; the
recommendation of a specific product to support the pet’s health and targeted treatment of any organ systems that are already diseased or compromised.
A “Heart Diagnostic Package” consisting of an ECG, ultrasound and radio graphs; the prescription of suitable heart medication and a diet that supports
An “Arthritis package” consisting of a specific examination of the musculoskeletal system with a separate examination of all accessible joints at rest and in motion as well as relevant radiographs; subsequent to this, the prescription of medications and a senior diet containing ingredients that support joint function and delay the progression of arthritic processes.
A “Dental package” consisting of a special examinationof the conscious patient and assessment of the degree of damage to the teeth and gums; depending on the circumstances, anaesthesia, additional radiographs and subsequent dental repair work may be indicated; here too, it is important to emphasise prevention by adjusting feeding habits and providing a diet withplaque-reducing properties.