HAPPY 18TH/84TH BIRTHDAY JUDE

HOLISITIC CARE FOR AGEING PETS

Vet Vicky went to visit one of her oldest, and favourite cat patients this week. ‘Jude’ is now 18 and celebrated with a party (apparently he has always loved wearing hats!).

Jude has been living with renal insufficiency and arthritis for some years now but thanks to excellent care from both his primary care practice and acupuncture visits from Vicky he is still enjoying life.

A COMBINED APPROACH

Jude is on medication and special food to support his kidney function and attends regular health checks at his primary care vets. His renal insufficiency means conventional pain killers can’t be used to help him with his arthritis but a combination of a cat friendly joint supplement (which he eats like a treat) and acupuncture keep him mobile.

CARE FOR AGEING PETS

We start considering cats and dogs to be geriatric at about 8 years old (6 for giant dogs). This sounds awful but it’s a medical term so we don’t expect all our 8 year olds to be weak and doddery any more than all 50year old humans! However it is the age when we start to see wear and tear throughout the body and when organs may start to work less well.

Your primary care vet may offer special blood screening for odler pets and this is a great way to spot problems early. If problems are found your vet, perhaps in conjunction with Four Seasons Holistic Veterinary Care, can work to support him and ensure a long and happy life, just like Jude!

P.S. Why is Jude 84? Well, it’s now thought of as too simplistic to consider one dog/cat year to be 7 human years and the chart we have puts and 18year old cat at about 84 in human terms.

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