As we continue to explore the topic of differently-abled pets this month, Dr Patrick tells us about his experience with differently-abled pets and answers some questions from our Embracers who have
experience or talk with our pet parents who have differently-abled dogs and cats:
- Laura: one of the common stages of treatment for bone cancer (osteosarcoma) is to remove a dog or cat’s leg. What are the considerations that go into whether your pet is a good candidate for that treatment and how do these pets get on as “tripods”?
- Sara: What can you do to prepare an aging pet for the possibility of going deaf or blind?
- Kate: Is it true that other senses are heightened when one is missing? For example, increased sense of smell or touch when sight is removed.
- Darcy: what are the special considerations when caring for an FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) cat?
- Laura: if I wanted to make room in my life for a differently-abled pet, how can I go about preparing for that pet and where do I find them?
Click on the link below for the audio podcast with the answer to these questions.
Dr. Mahaney is a veterinarian from the University of Pennsylvania and a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, having been inspired by his own chronic pain from Intervertebral Disc Disease to provide accupuncture to his veterinary clients. In addition to Dr Mahaney's house call integrative veterinary medicine business, California Pet Acupuncture and Wellness, he sees patients on an in-clinic basis at Veterinary Cancer Group in Culver City, CA.
Dr Mahaney writes a veterinary column (Patrick's Blog) for www.PatrickMahaney.com and contributes to a variety of media, including Perez Hilton's TeddyHilton.com, Fido Friendly, Veterinary Practice News, Healthy Pets and People with Dr Patrick on OutImpactRadio.com, and MSNBC Sunday with Alex Witt and Career Day. His first book, The Uncomfortable Vet, will be available in 2013 through Havenhurst Books