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AAHA Senior Care Guidelines

I was doing some digging around the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) website in connection with another thread and found something that might be helpful to many of us with our senior dogs--Senior Care Guidelines.
Keep this PDF handy and review it before your senior dog's next veterinary exam, particularly if your dog's veterinary clinic isn't a AAHA member (most are not), so you can ask questions, ask the vet to perform certain tests and make sure your senior gets the best preventive exam possible.

Here is the pdf:
SeniorCareGuidelines (1).pdf
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Wow, that's great Anne. Hope this can be made a sticky, mods.
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that's excellent, thanks!
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I will bookmark it, Thanks!
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I'm printing this out and I'm going to go through it and "pre-exam" Toby before his next wellness appointment, just so I can see if there is anything that looks odd or I should bring up at the appointment. I want to be pro-active and catch anything early on and this article gives me a very good idea of what I should be looking for (from a layman's perspective that is).
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Thank you! I'm printing it out as I type this.
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Thanks - I'm printing it now.
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Thank you for that, our Goldens are on this earth for such a short time and its so important to help them live as long as they can in with the best care we can give them.
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Thank you for this. I found this passage especially thought provoking in terms of what our dogs need from us and when to let go: "The five freedoms include freedom from hunger and thirst; freedom from physical and thermal discomfort; freedom from pain, injury, and disease; freedom from fear and distress; and the freedom to express normal behavior."

With these as criteria for quality of life, I suspect that most of us put our beloved companions through too much.
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Thank you for this. I found this passage especially thought provoking in terms of what our dogs need from us and when to let go: "The five freedoms include freedom from hunger and thirst; freedom from physical and thermal discomfort; freedom from pain, injury, and disease; freedom from fear and distress; and the freedom to express normal behavior."

With these as criteria for quality of life, I suspect that most of us put our beloved companions through too much.
I was referred to the thread from my thread asking how to deal with my golden, Willie, having seizures. Willie had an MRI that revealed a good sized brain tumor. We decided against radiation therapy. We chose to make his final days as normal as possible. Since being referred to this thread, the "five freedoms" have been very much on my mind. As a matter of fact, I have always believed what these freedoms state. In talking with my vet, I am quite sure that Willie has only weeks remaining. His meds have completely changed his normal carefree and happy life. I don't want Willie experience more seizures, especially long lasting or cluster seizures. I don't want to have make an emergency trip to the vet nor do I want Willie to suffer while waiting for our vet to come to our home. Willie loves car rides. He even likes the vet's office...that is until it is time for a shot or the trip down the hall to have his nails trimmed. We have decided to have Willie euthanized this Friday. It will be a sad, sad day, but then every day since we received his diagnosis has been sad.

I do not want to put Willie through "too much". I love him too much for that. In the past I think that I may have waited just a bit too long in making this decision for my beloved furry friends. I do not want to do that with Willie.

Members of this forum have been most helpful and kind over the past couple of weeks. Thank you so very, very much.

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