The geriatric life stage is very different from the senior life stage. Geriatric pets are fragile and require special care and protection in their home environment. Caring for geriatric pets can be very difficult both physically and emotionally. We understand that some pet parents may feel lost regarding what can be done to improve their geriatric pet’s life while feeling it isn’t time to pursue euthanasia. We want you to know that we are here for you to discuss options to help manage the symptoms related to aging. Commons signs you may see at home are panting/pacing, struggling to get up or down, urinary or fecal incontinence, vision or hearing impairment, and changes to your pets appetite, and/or abnormalities with their skin. We offer geriatric counseling and have tools to help manage these symptoms including pain and anxiety management and suggestions for environmental changes to aid with your pets comfort.
Hospice care focuses on your pet’s end-of-life needs to manage symptoms and maintain happiness for as long as possible. Whether your pet has a terminal illness or is nearing the end of their normal life expectancy, hospice practices can help your pet be comfortable and ease the process of death. Veterinary hospice consists of education regarding your pet’s medical condition and disease process, pain management, fluid replacement, dietary supplementation, environmental recommendations, and counseling on what to expect during your pets final days.