What’s the big deal about pre-anesthetic bloodwork?

With every surgical case where an animal is undergoing general anesthesia, bloodwork is always very highly recommended. Your doctor requires it on you before surgery, so why wouldn’t it be required for your animal? Well, while we can’t absolutely REQUIRE pre-anesthetic bloodwork, he is an example of how important it is. “Dobbie*”, a 2-year old Doberman Pincher, presented to our clinic for a routine spay.…

Changes in Aging Pets

Senses

The progressive loss of both vision and hearing are common in aging, or senior, pets. The lack of these senses may go undetected by the pet owner until the pet is placed in an unfamiliar environment. For example, a pet owner may not notice their pet is having difficulty seeing until they bump into furniture after it has been rearranged. In these cases, a pet will become anxious, so the pet owner should reassure their pet by staying nearby.

There are things a pet owner can do to help their friend adjust to the loss of one or more senses. For instance, the pet should be placed on a leash and taken around by the pet owner to explore any new environment. This is especially true when traveling or relocating to a new home. A pet that has lost vision and/or hearing should never be allowed to roam unattended outdoors and should be observed closely by the pet owner. With these minor adjustments, a pet’s quality of life need not be affected by the loss of a sense.