September News and Views: Caring For Senior Pets

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Making Life GREAT for my favorite Senior Canine, Chance!!

CHANCE-AND-LIZZIEMy ‘big bro’ Chance just turned 12 this last February. He is a BIG black standard poodle and every time we walk together, all the women LOVE him and want to pet him, cause he is BEAUTIFUL!
Check him out in our family shot below!

Poodles are very cool dogs and come in three sizes.

Standard poodles, like most big dogs have a shorter life span than ‘squirts’ like me, a Brussels griffon.

At 12 years old, Chance is ‘getting up there’ in years, so he is getting checked more often when he comes in for grooming. Just two weeks ago my Dad, Dr. Cole, listened to Chances’ heart. For the first time he found a heart murmur. As a senior pet Chance gets special care more often. Dr. Cole has a special interest in Senior Pets and so we are SOOO lucky at IVS to have him around for our seniors at IVS!!!

Chance has been scheduled for a special echo-cardiogram work up this month to better understand his heart murmur and how we can keep it under ‘control’. I will let you know what happens!

We also took some urine and blood samples and Chance’s results were great. Because Chance is getting older we will run these tests every 3 months to make sure we keep up with any changes that happen ‘sooner’ with a senior pet. By tracking his progress we can help him age more slowly by prescribing treatment before he gets sick.

We know now that his diet must change, to a lower salt formula special made for senior dogs with developing heart disease. (He is on Hills Prescription diet K/D and he LOVES it!)

When we take our walks we also see that he is developing hind leg weakness (our IVS groomers made note of this recently).

So at the suggestion of Dr. Oakley and our Senior Tech Staci Lemke, Chance is getting some ‘rehab’ work at home. We have set him up with laser treatments. Laser can help with muscle weakness and encourage faster recovery. I will keep you posted to let you know if the treatments help Chance move better!

Do you have a favorite ‘senior canine or feline‘ at home? September is ‘Senior Pet Care Month’ at IVS. Check out our everyday great prices on our Senior Preventative Care Packages.

Do me a favor! Give your favorite senior pet a special hug for me this month!

Love and kisses from me, Lizzie!

K-Laser Treatment at Irvine Veterinary Services

The K laser is a therapeutic laser that has been used in Europe for over 10 years. Therapeutic lasers stimulate cell function to produce pain relief and quicker healing.

Benefits include reduced spasm, increased circulation, improved flexibility and function, improved healing and reduction of symptoms associated with osteoarthritis.

Common conditions treated with laser therapy include:
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Ligament and Muscle Sprains
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Neck, Back, and Joint Pain
  • Edema and Congestion
  • Dental Disease
  • Neuropathy
  • Traumatic Wounds
  • Acral Lick Granulomas
  • Dermatological Diseases such as Otitis and Pyoderma
  • Post-surgical Pain and Incisions
  • Fractures, Sprains, and Strains


Watch this amazing video on how Laser Therapy can help your pet!

Meet Boomer and Read How Laser Therapy Helped Him

blog-TIBERI_BOOMER_TREATMENTWe have been bringing our dogs to Dr. Frances Tiberi at Irvine Veterinary Services, Northpark for over ten years. Over the years Dr. Tiberi has shown with her passion and knowledge she truly cares about all the animals entrusted to her care. That said, we were still extremely skeptical when she recommended trying laser treatments on our 10 ½ year-old Australian Shepherd, Boomer, when he was diagnosed with a disc problem in his lower back. This back issue was so severe it made Boomer uncomfortable to the point of no longer being able to play with his toys or our other dog.

We observed the following symptoms impacting Boomer’s quality of life prior to laser treatment:

  • Difficulty in getting up from a prone position
  • Ability to stay in a sitting position without dropping down to his belly
  • Walking up stairs without “hopping” (not alternating his back legs)
  • Squatting to potty
  • Dragging his back feet when walking and his back legs giving out
  • Difficulty in taking a walk longer than a ½ mile without showing severe discomfort leading to lethargy afterwards.

blog-TIBERI_ORLICK_BOOMERBoomer’s pain forced him to spend most of his days in his bed. When Dr. Tiberi offered us a free laser treatment we were willing to give it a try. She also told us beforehand this wasn’t a cure but could possibly provide Boomer with some relief. Dr. Tiberi also started him on anti-inflammatory and pain medication to use as needed. The day after his first treatment we were really surprised and excited to notice Boomer was not having as much difficulty getting up from a prone position. However, we were remained skeptical thinking that it might well be the anti-inflammatory providing Boomer’s pain relief.

The day after Boomer’s second treatment we noticed he was no longer “hopping” up the stairs. We were still not convinced the improvement was from the laser treatment. blog-TIBERI_BOOMERAfter his third treatment I came home and Boomer jumped up from his bed, went to his toy box, got a tennis ball and ran to the back door. He wanted play!

We went out back and Boomer was zipping around the yard like a puppy. He had not done this in over a year. We could no longer deny it: The laser treatment was working. Boomer only needs a maintenance treatment about every 2 weeks now to maintain these results. The laser isn’t a cure but it has provided Boomer with much needed pain relief and has given him back his desire to play. Out of pain he can just be the dog we love. The laser treatment worked for Boomer.

Maureen and Steve Orlick

Dr. Caitlin Snyder Discusses Proper Nutrition for Your Senior Pet

blog-CAITLIN-SNYDER-DVM_HEADSHOT2Providing your pet with a safe and nutritious diet is a critical component of quality health care. At IVS we have developed diet recommendations for your senior pet.

To find out more about the Senior Care Diet, click on the video link below.


Irvine Veterinary Services has developed a healthcare program specifically for our senior patients. Our goal is to maximize the length and quality of your pet’s life through nutritional counseling, careful evaluation of body systems, and detection of diseases and conditions early, when treatment and prevention are most effective.


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