Pet owners make the health and well-being of their pets a high priority. And, just as maintaining good health in humans means different things for different people, different animals have different requirements in order to maintain good health. Some animals will do just fine with a standard diet and regular exercise, while others require an individualized approach. The vets at the Animal Medical Center of Somerset recognize these differences and understand that high risk pets may need individualized care. For that reason, we offer customized managed care programs to meet your veterinary needs. Our specialized programs are tailored to your pet’s needs to ensure it stays in the best health possible, for as long as possible.
Specialized Programs for High Risk Patients
There are a variety of conditions that require unique care. Some of our specialties include:
Diabetes: Diabetes occurs when the body is unable to appropriately utilize sugar. In a healthy pet, the pancreas releases insulin to shuttle sugar from the bloodstream into the cells. Patients with diabetes either do not produce insulin, or their cells do not respond to insulin. Either way, sugar builds up in the bloodstream, where it can damage other tissues. Diabetes can occur in pets of any age, but is more common in older pets. Female dogs and certain dog breeds are more likely to develop diabetes.
If your pet is diagnosed with diabetes, we will work with you to develop a plan of treatment that incorporates diet, exercise, and medication that is specifically tailored to your pet. All animals will require daily exercise. Dogs with diabetes often do well on a high-fiber diet, whereas diabetic cats do well with a high-protein, low carbohydrate diet. Our vets will help you monitor your pet’s blood sugar levels through blood and urine testing. With regular checkups we look for complications that can occur in diabetic pets, such as cataracts, high blood pressure, and lower urinary tract infections. With a good plan of care in place, diabetic pets can lead healthy lives for years to come.
Kidney Failure: Both cats and dogs may experience chronic kidney failure, a disease that cannot be cured but can be managed. This condition most commonly affects older pets, but can take place in pets of any age. Certain dog breeds, such as Samoyed, Bull Terrier, Cairn Terrier, German Shepherd, and English Cocker Spaniel, and certain cats breeds, such as Persian and Abyssinian cats, are predisposed to developing kidney failure. It can also be caused by urinary tract infections, diabetes, lymphoma, and certain prescription medications. Managed care for kidney failure often includes a diet low in protein, phosphorus, calcium, and sodium, as well as fluid therapy to help with dehydration. Medications may help maintain appropriate levels of calcium and phosphorus in order to prevent high blood pressure and to relieve any secondary ailments, such as gastric ulcers or gastritis, that may develop as a result of the kidney failure. Frequent checkups will help our vets monitor your pet’s condition over time so that we can recommend any changes, if necessary.
These are just a few examples of common conditions that we find in high-risk pets. If your pet develops other chronic conditions that require managed care, our team is ready to help. We can work with you to diagnose the condition, develop a treatment plan, and monitor your pet’s health over time. With a customized plan for managed care, many conditions that may seem frightening at first can be managed, keeping your pet comfortable and as healthy as possible.