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Your Senior Pet's Vet offers many services geared especially towards elderly dogs and cats. 

They range from routine wellness examinations to management of acute or chronic illness. Supplements and medications, nutrition, follow up diagnostics, and environmental supplies and accommodations are all part of a comprehensive senior pet veterinary care program. In-home visits are generally relaxed, giving the veterinarian an objective view of quality of life for pets and their people. An ongoing positive relationship with your veterinarian allows for a healthy individualized team approach to your pet's senior years.   

Your Senior Pet's Vet Services Include:

In-Home Wellness Care For Senior Dogs and Cats

In-Home Evaluations, Diagnostics, Treatment Plans, and Follow-Ups

In-Home Support for Pets with Disabilities and Special Needs
In-Home Pain Management

In-Home Quality of Life Evaluations

In-Home Hospice and Palliative Care

In-Home Euthanasia and Cremation Services

In this new age of telemedicine, there is no better group of veterinary patients than senior pets that benefit from ongoing compassionate monitoring. Of course, their people benefit most from guidance as they care for their aging pets. 
I am now offering virtual visits and follow up for senior pets. The purpose is to keep track of the progression of chronic conditions in old dogs and cats, with minimal stress. Once a diagnosis is made, most pets benefit from ongoing care which can be done via e-mail, phone, or zoom. Continual contact with a veterinarian gives pet parents peace of mind as they care for their senior and chronically ill pets.
Click our Disabled Pets tab for more about virtual vet consults for pets who are not regular patients of the Visiting Vet Service.
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In-Home Wellness Exams Including Senior Laboratory Diagnostic Packages
We recommend a yearly spring tune-up for older dogs and cats.  We offer prophylactic work-up packages for senior pets 10 years and older.  A thorough exam, basic blood work, urinalysis, and a stool check give a good picture of your pet's overall health.  We look for changes in blood counts, protein levels, as well as liver and kidney function, that might indicate underlying disease that you are not yet aware of.  This gives us an opportunity to be proactive in further diagnostic and treatment plans for various old age illnesses.  In some cases further diagnostics such as radiology and ultrasound at the animal hospital will be recommended. 
In-Home Evaluations, Diagnostics, Treatment Plans, and Follow-Ups
Many old age pet diseases are chronic and slowly progressive.  They can be managed with medications, supplements, and with accommodations added to the home environment.  Careful regular monitoring of treatment protocols, blood sampling to check the efficacy of treatment, and physical exams are performed in a relaxed home setting.  With regular monitoring, we are able to make appropriate changes and frequently avoid sudden urgent situations. 
In-Home Laser Therapy and Pain Management
Low level class 3b cold laser is used to treat various types of inflammation and pain.  Laser therapy improves blood flow and circulation, and lymphatic flow, which results in decreased swelling, inflammation, and pain.  
This type of laser therapy is a non-invasive and non-painful treatment alternative for dogs and cats with a variety of conditions. In addition to treating arthritis, disc disease, orthopedic injuries, and post surgical sites (ACL), the laser is also effective in treating open wounds, inflammatory skin lesions, stomatitis (mouth), anal gland abscesses, feline urinary obstructions, and ear infections.  It can be used intra-operatively, and is helpful in cases where surgery and medications are not an option.   The treatments are quick, painless, and affordable. 
In-home treatments work well for older dogs and cats that don't travel well anymore.  These pets tend to relax and enjoy the therapy on a couch or favorite bed.  In-hospital treatments are available at Norwalk Vet Hospital for families that would prefer to bring their pets there.


Other Services

Vaccinations, Microchipping, Radiology, Surgery, Dental Care, and Grooming are also available. 

In-Home Quality of Life Evaluations
We are available to consult with families when they have questions about quality of life, maintaining dignity, and the timing of euthanasia for their senior or ill pets.  We are sensitive to the concerns and emotions of the family during this difficult time and will work closely with the regular veterinarian as the need arises. 
In-Home Hospice and Palliative Care
We offer in-home palliative and hospice care, and end of life care for dogs and cats.  Elderly, disabled, and sick dogs and cats benefit from house calls when chronic and progressive illness occurs and they become more sensitive to changes in their environment.  Assessment of older dogs and cats in their home gives a more realistic view of how they are doing and what they need than when they are brought in to an animal hospital. 
Even minor changes in support, treatments, and the physical setting owners provide for their geriatric and ill pets may make a big difference in the long term prognosis and quality of life for some animals.  
In-Home Euthanasia and Cremation Services
As animals near the end of their lives we provide families and their pets with comfort, palliative therapy, and when appropriate, euthanasia in their own homes.  We are also willing to accommodate families that choose other special locations, if possible.
Euthanasia is a private and very personal experience for families.  In-home euthanasia allows families to relax with their pet during their final moments together.  Many choose a special corner in the house or a favorite spot under a shady tree outside to say goodbye to their beloved dog or cat.  They can grieve in privacy and create a memorable experience for themselves in the privacy of their own home.
Meeting with families and patients prior to a euthanasia visit allows for a smooth transition to the final visit, but this is not required.   Since it is often impossible to predict an exact day and time time, we try to be in contact with those who are getting near to the end, so we can be flexible in scheduling euthanasia appointments.
We offer a number of cremation options including private cremation with ashes returned.  Some families choose to make their own arrangements with local pet crematories and cemeteries.  Some choose to bury pets in their yard.  When considering home burial it is important to check out local zoning laws. 


Emergency Care

We try to be proactive in avoiding urgent situations, but when we can't be reached, please contact Norwalk Veterinary Hospital, The Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Norwalk, or The Cornell Specialty Hospital in Stamford.

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