Podcast: Helping Your Pet Age Gracefully

Just like in humans, every stage of our pets' lives brings new adventures and challenges. From changes in food and exercise regiments to more vet visits, it's in our pet's best interest for us as pet parents to be aware of what adjustments need to be made as he or she ages.

In this month’s podcast, Chief Embracer Laura Bennett and Dr. Patrick Mahaney answer questions regarding how to best make changes for our pets as they age:

  • Do you think the over the counter supplements you can get at health stores work as well as products specifically formulated for pets?
  • My cat, Stink, just turned 10. He's had some pretty tough health issues over the course of his life; asthma, two urinary blockages, and bilateral cruciates just to name a few. I swear I see his kitty chin greying. Is there anything I can do to ensure that his body takes less of a toll?
  • Are there any new treatments for cognitive dysfunction in cats and dogs?
  • Is there any change in vaccine recommendations as cats and dogs age?
  • What are some dietary recommendations for a senior pet’s diet vs. a regular adult diet?
  • How should my regular wellness visits to my veterinarian change as my pet ages?

 

Click on the link below to hear the audio.

Podcast: Laura Bennett & Dr Patrick Mahaney - Aging Gracefully

Note: This calorie calculator site is mentioned in the podcast - http://vet.osu.edu/vmc/basic-calorie-calculator

Next month we’ll discuss dental care concerns for pets. If you have questions you want to ask Dr. Mahaney about dental disease or how to keep pets teeth and gums healthy, just post them on our Facebook page or in the comments below.


Dr Patrick MahaneyDr. Mahaney is a veterinarian from the University of Pennsylvania and a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, having been inspired by his own chronic pain from Intervertebral Disc Disease to provide accupuncture to his veterinary clients. In addition to Dr Mahaney's house call integrative veterinary medicine business, California Pet Acupuncture and Wellness, he sees patients on an in-clinic basis at Veterinary Cancer Group in Culver City, CA. Dr Mahaney writes a veterinary column (Patrick's Blog) for www.PatrickMahaney.com and contributes to a variety of media, including Perez Hilton's TeddyHilton.com, Fido Friendly, Veterinary Practice News, Healthy Pets and People with Dr Patrick on OutImpactRadio.com, and MSNBC Sunday with Alex Witt and Career Day. His first book, The Uncomfortable Vet, will be available in 2015 through Havenhurst Books.

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