Does my pet need physical therapy/rehabilitation?
Most of us have experienced the benefits of physical therapy or have someone close to us that has. Whether after an injury, surgery, illness or a chronic or debilitative condition, the body needs guidance to regain strength, restore or maintain optimal function, improve fitness, and improve the overall quality of life. Physical rehabilitation is the process of using multiple interventions including manual manipulation, trigger point therapy, stretching, targeted massage, joint isolation and mobilization, as well as pain management to help our pets return to and improve their overall health and function.
What is Hospice?
Hospice care is the comforting and caring of the terminally ill patient. The purpose of hospice is to provide compassionate palliative care to prevent undue suffering. This is accomplished through nurturing, nutrition, pain management, emotional and spiritual counseling and disease management during the pet’s end of life stages in the familiar surroundings and environment of the pet’s home and family. During this time, a continuous monitoring process is performed to ensure optimum quality of life and to assess the needs of the pet.
When should I call for Emergency Services?
Bring your pet to the local emergency service any time your regular veterinarian is not open and you feel that your pet’s condition is serious enough to need immediate care. Some of the signs that indicate an emergency are:
- Trauma (hit by car, bite, broken bone, fall)
- Wounds (especially those that penetrate)
- Breathing difficulties Seizures
- Sudden blindness
- Eating foreign material
- Continued vomiting or diarrhea
- Dilated pupils
- Distended or painful abdomen
- Inability to urinate or defecate
- Difficulty delivering puppies or kittens
- Rapid breathing or heartbeat
- Loss of consciousness
Below is a list of local vet emergency hospitals:
Oakland Veterinary Referral Services
1400 Old South Telegraph Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
Blue Pearl – Southfield
29080 Inkster Rd
Southfield MI 48034
Blue Pearl – Auburn Hills
3412 E Walton Blvd
Auburn Hills MI 48326
BluePearl – Ann Arbor
4126 Packard St
Ann Arbor MI 48108
AEC – Novi
24360 Novi Road
Novi, MI 48375
Veterinary Emergency Services – West
40850 Ann Arbor Road
Plymouth, MI 48170
When will I know the time is right?
Dr. Alice Villalobos first developed a Quality of Life Scale for animals in 2010. Her scale utilizes a pet’s condition and gives subjective measurements to Hurt, Hunger, Hydration, Hygiene, Happiness, Mobility, and a More good days than bad category to assess the current situation. Through continued refinement, I have developed a Quality Of Life scale that is used to help guide in our companion’s care goals. This will be reviewed each visit to ensure we are providing the best care for our friends. You live with your pets on a daily basis and sometimes you just know when the time is right. When there are questions, we are here to help.
Can’t my regular veterinarian provide these same services?
Today, most veterinarians are offering some form of pain management, end of life care and euthanasia services. Although your regular veterinarian may have taken care of your pet for their whole life, when your pet develops special needs, they require special treatment. Your regular veterinarian is focused on wellness care. This includes preventive medicine, vaccinations, dental care, and handling the routine illnesses of your pet. While your veterinarian may be able to perform surgical procedures, most veterinarians have not been trained in rehabilitation medicine. The care of our geriatric and terminally ill patients also requires a dedication that a busy wellness practice may not be able to handle.
Comfort Care Veterinarian Services provides these special needs. We work in conjunction with your regular veterinarian and we come to your home. We do not do vaccinations, dental cleanings, surgical procedures, or dispense medications. Your regular veterinarian will receive a report after each visit. In fact, you may even be referred to us by your regular veterinarian allowing them to focus on what they do best.