More cats are living into old age than ever before, and the strong bond owners have with their elderly companions gives veterinarians the opportunity to provide optimal care for these patients. With the current knowledge base in feline medicine and the commitment of owners toward their older pets, veterinarians can extend and improve the quality of life for senior cats. Many, if not most, geriatric cats have multiple medical conditions, and managing them is where the art and science of veterinary practice meet.
Challenging it may be, but also incredibly rewarding when the veterinary team and owner working together see the tremendous impact on the cat's life. Many cats live for years with good management of multiple chronic medical conditions. The veterinary practice team plays a pivotal role in the health and wellbeing of cats as they age. It is crucial that every practice sets up feline aging protocols regarding physical examination, diagnostic recommendations, medical management, and client education. Each person on the practice team has a role to play in the delivery of those protocols. Every interaction with the owner of a senior cat should be geared towards offering the very best care possible, allowing the owner to make a well-informed decision as to the level of care desired.
Providing excellent care of the senior cat benefits not only the cat and its owner but the practice as well. The American Association of Feline Practitioners has developed a set of general guidelines for the care of the aging cat. The guidelines are an excellent foundation for the development of senior cat protocols. The guidelines form the core of this course. Combined with additional components, this course will help train every member of the practice team. "Old age is not a disease" may be an oft repeated phrase, but it is still an important message of the AAFP senior guidelines.
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