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Pain Management in Elderly Pets - Compassionate Care Animal Clinic
Modern medicine can be both a blessing and a curse. A blessing when it enables us to live longer, a curse when our quality of life is so diminished that a longer life can be a long, difficult road to travel. While we’re living longer, so are our pets, and there are a myriad number of reasons for this. People are spending more on their furry friends In 2016, Americans spent $62 billion on their pets and they’re on track to spend more than $64.5 billion this year, according to the American Pet Product Association. Americans spent a total of $23.04 billion on pet food, $14.39 billion on supplies/OTC medicine, $15.73 billion on vet care, $2.19 billion on live animal purchases and $5.24 billion on pet services like grooming and boarding. Obviously, we need to toss out the old “rule of thumb” that one year in a human’s life equals 7 in a pet’s. Some pets, depending on their size and breed, are living nearly ten years for every one human year. As you can imagine, while the dollars spent and care given to today’s pets, in the form of better living conditions, better nutrition, and better preventative medicines all contribute to this longer life span, the octogenarian dog’s long life is largely due to the veterinary care that is now available. In fact, the animal kingdom has benefitted from advancements that we humans can still only dream about… such as a cancer vaccine! Laparoscopic surgery, laser surgery… even acupuncture are now common veterinary practices, all but eliminating, in the case of a surgical procedure, a treatment that used to be quite invasive… and dangerous. Unfortunately, a longer life is often accompanied by long-term pain …