Managing Chronic Disease
Chronic disease and reoccurring infections can be as hard on owners as it is on their pets. Nothing makes you feel more helpless than watching your pet suffer from a malady you can’t solve. Our doctors at the Animal Care Centers excel at getting to the bottom of what’s going on with your pet. For example, rarely does an infection in your dog’s ear represent the primary issue that is the true cause of the problem. This is why medication that treats the yeast or bacterial infection may provide only a temporary treatment. Transitioning a diseased ear canal back to a truly healthy state requires identification and effective treatment of the primary issue.
For example, a hypoallergenic diet may be the ticket to healthy, comfortable ears for the dog with food allergies. Daily use of a drying agent may restore ear canal health to the dog with free access to a backyard swimming pool. The hypothyroid dog (producing inadequate thyroid hormone) may need thyroid supplementation to resolve his chronic ear issues. The bottom line is that one size doesn’t fit all. Each pet needs to be diagnosed and treated based upon his or her unique needs, life stage, environment and breed.
We understand how important it is to effectively manage chronic disease. Our doctors have special interest areas where they focus on specific case types so that they provide you the latest information and research on treatment options for your pet. Because of the extensive experience they gain in working with similar.
We make a conscious effort to hire doctors with extensive knowledge and experience in specific areas of veterinary medicine to increase the treatment options we can provide to treat your pet’s disease or chronic condition. It’s not uncommon now for clients to come to our practice from long distances for treatment due to the results they have seen in their pets. While our doctors are not to be confused with specialists, they do have deep experience in areas such as:
- Orthopedic injuries
- Lameness or limping
- Allergies and dermatology
- Chronic pain
- Internal medicine (i.e.vomiting, diarrhea etc.)
- Kidney and liver disease
- Weight management
- Non-surgical alternatives
- Less invasive surgical options