When your pet hound matures, it will require a more specialized and focused attention and care in the same way that we provide old people. If you have a mature hound in your family, then you will have to be prepared to handle typical medical conditions such as dog arthritis. In most cases, you will also encounter intermittent incidence of dog diarrhea. Thus, it is important that you are well aware of the basics regarding the proper care and management of these typical complications that affect mature mutts. The life expectancy of canine is 15 years if it properly cared for and the serious health issues are immediately and properly addressed.
It is important for pet owners to develop a trained eye in identifying and determining health conditions that are critical particularly those that affect mature hounds. Critical aspects that one must have to properly understand are the symptoms, predisposing conditions and causes, treatment and special requirements and options available for its management in order to prevent further complications and damage.
NSAIDs are used to manage pain and discomfort of senior canines. One of the major issues confronting pet owners is the side effects of this class of pain relievers. This is the major reason why many quarters are taking a second look at the justifications for the continued use of NSAIDs to manage the pain as there are now concerns on the side effects that seemed to outweighing the claimed benefits of these drugs.
Many pet owners acknowledge the major contribution of NSAIDs in maintaining the quality of life of senior canines. These significant benefits are even seen as one of the major reasons for the extension of the lives of many old hounds. However, there are also some pet owners who are raising some serious concerns about the side effects of NSAIDs. In fact there are claims of cases of aggravation of the medical problem as a result of the use of NSAIDs. There are also documented cases of liver failure and early mortality of canines under treatment using NSAIDs. There is now the emerging need for all pet owners to be able to ascertain serious complications and side effects of NSAIDs on their pets during their onset in order to prevent further aggravation of the serious medical reaction.
The more common side effects and complications of NSAIDS on canines include vomiting, bowel movement problems, and pronounced lethargy. There are also documented cases of altered behavior and constipation which is attributed to the toxic reaction by the senior hounds on the NSAIDs treatment.
Before you start using the NSAIDs on your furry friend, you must have to request for a complete blood analysis and test for liver enzymes. It is important for the pet owners to understand that NSAIDs is not safe for canines who have bleeding history. It is also essential for pet owners to use NSAIDs with extreme caution when it is confirmed that their pets have serious liver problems. Finally, one must not use NSAIDs as a tandem to prednisone or aspirin. Management of pain of senior canine must go beyond the use of NSAIDs and it must involve traditional as well as conventional modalities.