Many humans suffer from chronic diseases every day. However, just like us, our pets can also be affected by chronic diseases that require them to have ongoing, professional care.
Our expert team has a great deal of experience in supporting the pets in our care through chronic disease management, enabling many of them to enjoy long, fulfilling lives with their human families.
WHAT IS A CHRONIC DISEASE?
Chronic disease is defined as being a long-term illness that can rarely be cured and must instead be managed. As a result, the patient has to adjust to the demands of the illness and use whatever therapies are available to control it and manage their symptoms. In many instances, chronic diseases can be fairly well managed, enabling the patient to go on to live a full and active life.
EXAMPLES OF CHRONIC DISEASES
Chronic diseases come in many shapes and forms. Some of the most common chronic diseases that can affect our precious pets and that we can help you and your pet to manage to include the following:
Allergies. Many people are surprised to learn that pets can suffer from hypersensitivity to substances too. It occurs when their immune system overreacts to an allergen, causing it to attack its own cells. Common signs of allergies include a rash, itchy skin, hair loss, and gastrointestinal issues.
Diabetes. Known as diabetes mellitus in pets, this condition is caused by your pet’s inability to create or properly use insulin to keep their blood sugar level under control. Persistently high blood sugar levels can be very damaging to your pet’s body.
Arthritis. Your pet is just as likely to suffer from this inflammatory illness as you are – particularly if they are overweight or obese. This disease causes damage to the supportive tissues and cartilage around the joints, making movement difficult and painful.
Periodontal disease. Also known as gum disease, this condition is extremely common in animals with an estimated 1 in 3 developing it before their third birthday. It is an inflammatory problem, caused by bacteria entering the soft tissue of the gums and causing infection. Without treatment, it can lead to pain, tooth loss and has been linked to the development of other chronic conditions.
Pancreatitis. This disease is characterized by the inflammation of the pancreas and can cause a range of debilitating symptoms including nausea/vomiting, fever, diarrhea, and severe stomach pain.
HOW WE CAN HELP YOUR PET THROUGH CHRONIC DISEASE MANAGEMENT
There are a number of things that we can do to help manage your pet’s chronic disease. These include:
- Creating realistic expectations for the long-term management of your pet’s condition.
- Scheduling regular wellness visits so that we can properly assess your pet’s health to ensure that the condition isn’t worsening.
- Decreasing any negative side effects that may occur as a result of any medications that your pet might be taking to manage their chronic disease.
- Improve and increase your pet’s quality and quantity of life.
There may be no single cure for your pet’s chronic disease, but with our support, you can be sure that it will be managed as effectively and successfully as possible, giving your precious animal the best chance at a happy, healthy and fulfilling life. To find out more about how we can help, please contact Geneva Veterinary Clinic in Geneva, OH today.