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Geriatric Care

Age isn't a disease...

Cahill Veterinary Hospital prides itself in providing the best end of life treatments and recommendations to improve the quality of life for elderly patients.

We believe in preventative diagnosis of early disease. Performing screening bloodwork and radiographs can help identify problems early in attempts to prevent them from becoming life threatening in the future. Many disease, such as liver and kidney diseases, can be identified and managed early in their course prior to becoming a major issue later on in life. Over 80% of laboratory tests we perform have at least one abnormality. It is our goal as health care providers to identify these problems early and help reverse or slow down their progression. These in turn allow your pet to live a longer, healthier life with you and your family.

Common geriatric conditions that we are capable of managing and treating here are the following:

1. Osteoarthritis and chronic pain
Osteoarthritis is present in a large majority of dogs, with larger breeds being affected more often and more severely. Likewise, over 80% of older cats have osteoarthritis, despite sometimes not showing evidence clinically. Typical clinical signs of pets with osteoarthritis include stiffness, lameness in one more legs, pain and discomfort which can be demonstrated by lethargy, anorexia or hiding as well as overall malaise. There are many different treatment options available for pets with osteoarthritis including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, synthetic and real opioid medications for more significant pain, immunomodulators such as the product T-Cyte (LTCI injections) which help decrease inflammation in the joints, laser therapy as well as acupuncture. Each patient is individually special and therefore, specific plans to help alleviate pain are made based on many factors. Discussion of options for chronic pain from osteoarthritis can be had with a veterinarian at your next visit.

2. Dental disease

3. Chronic Illnesses

4. Cancer

We provide tailored vaccination protocols for our elderly pets as well. If you have any questions regarding these, please discuss them with the doctor during your appointments and they will be more than happy to help make informed decisions on the vaccination protocol best suited for your older pet.

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