Is your dog 8 years or older? You may have noticed how they are not as active as they once were. You can trust them when you leave home, you may leave your things on the floor and they don’t get torn up! Ah yes, you are firmly in the adult to senior dog stage. 

The average life span of our family canines is 10-15 years, depending upon breed.  It stands to justify if your dog is age 8 or older, they may be in the golden years of their lives.

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When collecting our new puppies from breeders, we are often given diet information which can sometimes encourage feeding raw chicken necks as part of a diet.  In the past chicken necks have been recommended for dental health, especially in smaller breeds and were easy to purchase in supermarkets.  This is now a high-risk diet.

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We regularly discuss joint pain in the form of osteo-arthritis and how we can give improved quality of life to our paw friends.

Zydax, is an injectable disease modifying osteoarthritis drug and is the leading innovation in osteoarthritis management.  For best management it is recommended for dogs to have an initial full course (4 weeks) annually, then 3-monthly injections. 

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In clinic we form many friendships with our clients due to them visiting us regularly, whether it’s for grooming, an aging pet or for their animal’s general Veterinary care.

Melissa & Chris Hartley are obsessive “fur parents”.  We originally met Melissa with their first child, Harry.  We were all on the roller coaster ride with Melissa, when Harry began to age and required constant treatment.  Obsessive is an understatement when referring to the Hartley’s commitment to Harry and when it was time for him to go to the “rainbow bridge” at the age of almost 11, our hearts broke for Melissa.

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Deciding when is the right time to put our beloved pet’s “to sleep” is the most agonising decision we can make for them.  The decision needs to be made according to the “quality of life” the pet is experiencing.  There are many reasons this can be based upon:

  • medication can no longer effectively control pain management
  • pet has poor prognosis
  • they have decreased mobility

Sometimes the bond between owner and pet will tell you when the time is right.

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