Mobile Veterinary Clinics
We take a special interest in geriatric care at Aaron's Ark Mobile Clinics as many of our patients are suffering the debilitating affects of aging. Our house call services are especially helpful to elderly patients because travel and over excitement can be difficult and dangerous for them. If you have any older pets showing symptoms of pain, stiffness, incontinence, organ failure, and etc. it is imperative that they see a veterinarian immediately so that we can work to prevent a worsening of symptoms and provide them with the medication and care to help reverse and relieve some of the effects of advanced aging. We have had great success in restoring the quality of life in elderly patients and providing them with many more good years.
Household Tips for Your Pet's Protection:
Geriatric pets are often suffering from arthritis/degenerative joint disease and may have trouble getting up and moving around. Help prevent slips and falls and ease their trouble walking by placing carpet runners throughout the house on any hard, slippery, uncarpeted surfaces. Tile, linoleum, and wood floors are especially difficult for older pets.
As pets age they begin to lose luster in their coat. They may shed or begin to lose small patches of fur. You may notice that their coats have become more brittle or course. You can help restore health to their coats by giving a fish oil capsule (broken open) or a small amount (1-2 teaspoons) of canola oil mixed in with their food. This simple trick may help improve the state of their coats after a few weeks of consistent use.
You can help prevent infections and hematomas (due to broken blood vessels from shaking irritated ears) by keeping your pet's ears clean. Mineral oil (available at Walgreens, CVS, etc) works wonders. Simply massage the mineral oil down into your pets ears and gently rub to loosen up the soil, wax, and other substances. Then use cotton to clean out the gunk coming to the surface. Ear infections are very common and if left untreated could lead to hematoma that requires an older patient to undergo preventable anesthesia.
Common Problems in Geriatric Pets