Our pets are like our children, aren’t they? Across the board, we will spend upwards of $60 billion per year on grooming, boarding, medical, insurance, supplies, food, clothing, daycare and bling.
When our pets start to age, we must be strong advocates for their quality of life as much as ours. Kaylie and Shelby, my two Carin Terriers, are 13 years and act, for the most part, ten years younger. They have had their teeth cleaned every year since the age of two, which prevents so many secondary health issues; have never had “people food,” limited treats and lots of exercise along with their recommended check-ups every year. But, they are starting to slow down with a little arthritis and creaking joints.
Earlier this year, I had a meeting with their long-time vet and discussed with her the feasibility of having them on a daily regimen of low-dose anti-inflammatory. She agreed that this would be an acceptable treatment protocol but, we would need to have lab tests every 4 months to make sure there is no strain on their liver from the anti-inflammatory medication. So far, so good! These days they sleep better, have a little more pep in their step and don’t break-down after a vigorous walk. They still get massages and their hind legs are a little less rigid.
Just like humans, the veterinary industry introduces new drugs and medical treatment technology to the market every year. Things that help you be pro-active with your pet’s health can add years to their life and quality to yours. Advocate for them by continuing to talk to their Vet and asking “what else can we do for Fido”?