When my girl, Sascha, developed urethral cancer at 12, I was paralyzed with shock, fear and pain. I had no idea where to turn or what to do for her. Those last six months of Sascha’s life were filled with monitoring her, making sure she was in no pain, taking care to get her in/out of house, avoiding those heart-breaking decisions of what to do next.
I had no idea where to turn or what to do for Sascha. After Sascha crossed over, I did quite a bit of research on how to care for a senior pet, hoping to help you help your aging pet. I designed this virtual class, hoping to give you some tools (and, hopefully comfort) to navigate through this difficult and painful time in your pet’s life.
Don’t you wish they could stay
YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR PET IS SPECIAL …
AND THEIR NEED FOR YOUR SPECIAL CARE INCREASES DURING THEIR SENIOR YEARS
Topics to be discussed:
- Have you noticed possible behavior changes?
- Do you see increased/decreased reaction to sounds?
- Do you know common signs of cancer?
- Do you recognize the signs of arthritis?
- What is my pet’s “Quality of Life? and,
- The most painful to you: “How will I know when to make the decision to let my pet go?”
- Anticipatory Grief
Virtual Class Date: check back later
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
You will also receive a copy of a “Quality of Life Scale.”
TAP INTO ALL YOUR SENSES::
BY LOOKING, LISTENING AND SMELLING, YOU CAN OFTEN CATCH EARLY SIGNS OF ILLNESS OR INJURY.
- Sweet breath may indicate diabetic ketosis,
- Ears smell like dirty socks ear infection, may signal ear mites
Touch: Discover hot spots (inflammation) in coat or a stone in paw pad for limp reason; cold spots (poor circulation)
Look: Asymmetrical pupils could indicate neurological condition
Listen: Whines versus growls
. . . . to name just a few
WHAT IS NORMAL FOR YOUR PET?
Always remember that you know your pet better than anyone, even better than your veterinarian. So, it is important to recognize and identify any abnormal signs your pet displays. What this means is, that when you notice something “different” with you pet, you immediately get them to your vet. (Don’t wait for that yearly exam.)
Remember, some pets, especially cats, will try to hide pain and suffering until the condition becomes severe. Pay attention to subtle behavior changes such as hiding under the bed and not rushing up to greet you when you come home.