Care of the Senior Pet SYLLABUS

MODULE 1: How Old is Old?
  • 1.1 Introduction to Ageing
  • 1.2 Pet to Human Years
  • 1.3 The Ageing Dog
  • 1.4 The Ageing Cat
  • 1.5 Staying Healthy for Longer
  • 1.6 Signs Your Pet Should See the Vet
MODULE 2: Behavioral Changes in Senior Pets
  • 2.1 Mental vs Physical Problems
  • 2.2 Senior Moments
  • 2.3 Changes in the Senses
  • 2.4 Mental Stimulation
  • 2.5 Help a Grieving Pet
  • 2.6 Introducing a New Pet
MODULE 3: Special Considerations for Mature Pets
  • 3.1 Giving Drugs to Older Pets
  • 3.2 Reducing Anesthesia Risks
  • 3.3 Coat Care
  • 3.4 Dental Problems
  • 3.5 Diet and Senior Pet
MODULE 4: Mobility and Pain Issues
  • 4.1 Conditions Causing Pain
  • 4.2 Signs of Pain
  • 4.3 Nutraceuticals
  • 4.4 Physical Therapy
  • 4.5 Treating Pain
  • 4.6 Environment Changes
MODULE 5: Health Problems of Senior Pets
  • 5.1 Cancer
  • 5.2 Cushing’s
  • 5.3 Diabetes
  • 5.4 Heart Disease
  • 5.5 High Blood Pressure
  • 5.6 Hypothyroidism
  • 5.7 Hyperthyroidism
  • 5.8 Incontinence
  • 5.9 Kidney Disease
  • 5.10 IBD
  • 5.11 Prostate Disease
MODULE 6: Saying Goodbye
  • 6.1 Planning Ahead
  • 6.2 Knowing when it’s Time
  • 6.3 Quality of Life Scale
  • 6.4 Hospice Care
  • 6.5 What Happens at the End?
  • 6.6 Coping with Loss
  • 6.7 Links to Grief Counselling Organizations for Pet Parents