Ongoing medical concerns or chronic illnesses are not infrequent issues for our pets. At All Creatures we strive to provide multiple options for such issues as arthritis, allergies and behavioral concerns.
Many animals suffer from allergies with environmental (often pollens, grasses, insects and molds) and/or food (usually a protein or carbohydrate) sources. There are multiple therapeutic options for allergies and often a multimodal approach is most effective. For dogs we have an injection called Cytopoint which lasts for four to six weeks, producing antibodies to “itch factors” (Cytokine IL-31) in the bloodstream triggered by allergies. We also carry the drug Apoquel, which is an oral tablet which works by inhibiting transmission of the sensation of itch from nerves in the skin to the brain. In addition to these mainstays we have alternative drugs and topical therapies which can be tailored to your pets needs. We stock both novel protein and hydrolyzed diets for food allergies as well.
As they age most pets will develop some form of arthritis with resultant joint pain. There are multiple therapeutic options available which can be used to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. As in humans, supplements containing glucosamine/chondroitin, fatty acids and CBD products (only those labeled for use in dogs and cats) can be given daily for joint health. There are numerous oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAID’S) available for more significant cases of arthritis as well as injectable products for dogs and cats which increase joint fluid for cushioning (Adequan) and a new one for cats which produces antibodies to nerve growth factor which decreases inflammation (Solensia). We also offer light wave therapy which increase bloodflow and lymphatic drainage to painful joints and tissues, and also increase cellular turnover to speed healing.
As our pets age, they become more susceptible to the development of chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis, cognitive dysfunction (senility) and dental disease as well as changes in heart, kidney and liver function. Cancers and metabolic diseases such as diabetes, thyroid disease and adrenal gland disorders become much more common. They also have changing nutritional needs compared to their younger years.
Just as in humans, early detection offers the best chance for successful treatment and longer survival times, therefore we recommend exams and screening labwork to be done yearly once a pet reaches senior status, with rechecks dependent on results.
At what age do we consider a pet a senior citizen? Well it depends in part on their size and species. Owners tend to think of their pet’s age in terms of human years, but it’s not as simple as 1 human year = X dog or cat years. Large and giant breed dogs for example age at a faster rate than small breed dogs.