Canine Chronic Disease Management
Does your dog have a chronic condition? A chronic condition is an ongoing injury or illness that can last a lifetime. New veterinary studies show many chronic conditions have continued to increase. For example, since 2007, obesity rates have increased by 74% in dogs. Dogs also get other serious diseases such as arthritis, diabetes mellitus, and heart and respiratory disease.
To keep your dog healthy, chronic conditions in dogs often require regular medication and frequent visits to us for monitoring. By getting the appropriate care at Winter Park Veterinary Hospital, your dog can still live a comfortable and happy life for as long as is possible even with their disease.
If your dog does have a chronic condition, the caring team members at Winter Park Veterinary Hospital are here for you and your pet. Once your pet is on a treatment plan, we will make sure your dog is responding well to the treatment. Over time, your pet may need adjustments to their medications to help them feel their best. We may need to send for more lab work than an otherwise healthy pet since these conditions and their treatment can affect other organs in your pet’s body. Recheck appointments and lab work ensure that your pet is receiving optimal care.
Overall, it is important to realize with chronic diseases that there is no single simple cure. All of us at Winter Park Veterinary Hospital are here to partner with you and your dog to manage your dog’s condition.
The most common canine chronic diseases we see at Winter Park Veterinary Hospital are:
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD)
- Orthopedic injuries and conditions, such as cranial cruciate ligament tear
- Skin mass
Please call us today to schedule an appointment if you have any questions or concerns about your dog’s health, would like to receive a receive a second opinion from one of our veterinarians, or your dog’s long-term care.