How a Palliative Care Veterinarian can help when your pet is given a terminal diagnosis.
How do I know if my pet is in pain; they aren’t whining or yelping? This is such a great question. Pets are so good at hiding pain that it is often really difficult to detect. Pain is complex, even more so in our pets who can’t tell us where it hurts, or if it [...]
Elliott's Story The Diagnosis When Elliott, a Jack Russell/Poodle mix, was 12 year old, he was diagnosed with Mitral Valve Disease. His owner was devastated by the diagnosis, but wanted to do whatever was necessary to give him the best quality of life and make sure he was healthy and happy for as long as [...]
I went to see Belle, an aging black Labrador a few weeks ago and during the appointment Belle’s owner, Melinda, looked deep into my eyes with a look of concern and asked “How do I know when it’s time?” I can’t count how often I am asked this question. It is difficult but it is [...]
Entertaining your dog Just like us, our dogs can get bored being cooped up indoors and stuck at home because of the weather. And just because they can’t get outside doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t do anything. It’s important to keep your pets engaged with family members and mentally stimulated. This can be a really [...]
It can be sad for both dog and owner when walks are no longer possible. Without that daily bonding experience, some owners may worry that the end is fast approaching. Although the physical aspect of walking may not be possible, your dog can still gain a lot from just being outside with their owner, and [...]
February is Veterinary Dental Health Month. A month to highlight the importance of dental health in our pets and especially our seniors. Read about Lela and her dental health journey.
I resolve to educate about veterinary palliative medicine so that everyone that needs this service is aware of its existence.