Senior Pet Care
Senior Pet Vet offers a variety of in home services for you and your companion in the comfort of your home.
Our in-home services include:
- Full service laboratory including senior blood screens, ear and skin cultures, heartworm/tick disease testing, etc
- Annual examinations/ general health assessments
- Blood pressure reading
- Nutrition counseling
- Treatment of common ailments including: ear infections, skin infections, urinary tract infection, limping, GI upset (vomiting/diarrhea), etc.
- Management of disease conditions commonly seen in senior and geriatric animals including: chronic kidney disease, arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, skin allergies, etc.
Acupuncture has been practiced in both animals and humans for thousands of years in China. It involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body in order to stimulate a therapeutic effect. Modern research shows that acupoints are located in the areas where there are a high density of free nerve endings, mast cells, small arterioles and lymphatic vessels. A great number of studies indicate that stimulation of acupoints induces the release of beta-endorphins, serotonin and other neurotransmitters. Stimulation of these acupoints can induce the following effects:
- Pain relief
- Promotion of tissue healing
- Regulation of gastrointestinal motility
- Anti-inflammatory effects
- Back pain
- Muscle soreness
- Laryngeal paralysis
- Skin problems
- Kidney and liver disease
- Geriatric weakness
- Quality of life, cancer, and hospice care
Hospice and Palliative Care
At Senior Pet Vet, we offer animal hospice and palliative care services for pets with life limiting or incurable diseases. Dr. McCaffrey is a certified Hospice and Palliative Care veterinarian. She has pursued rigorous advanced training in this field and welcomes the opportunity to help you and your pet companion though this life stage. Animal hospice includes the following services:
- Care focused on providing pain control and physical comfort to the pet, as well as educational support and emotional comfort for caregivers.
- A “Hospice Team” of veterinary professionals and support service providers that offer assistance in providing quality of life for the patient that includes palliation of pain and preparation for death.
- A veterinarian serving as a teacher, enabling family members to care for their pets medical and emotional needs at home.
- Time for families to adjust to their pet’s progressive disease and say goodbye in a kinder, more personal way.
Every pet’s passing should be peaceful and dignified. This is often best done in a comfortable home setting with family close at hand. Upon arrival to your home we will be available to explain the procedure and answer any questions or concerns you may have. Before euthanasia takes place your pet will be given an injection beneath the skin to help them relax, this sedative injection will also help to relieve any pain or discomfort they may have. You are encouraged to hold, pet and generally love your companion during this time. After 5-10 minutes once the injection takes effect, a final injection will be given to help your pet pass peacefully. The medication used is an overdose of anesthetic; this ensures that the procedure is peaceful and painless. We will respectfully allow you and your family to spend adequate time before and after the procedure. Based upon your aftercare wishes we can provide and transport for cremation. If private cremation is elected ashes will be returned to you in about 7-10 days. We utilize a trusted, and highly certified crematory in New Jersey called Hamilton Pet Meadow. We understand that this is a very difficult time for you and your family. You may or may not want to talk or discuss this in person. Please feel free to email or text your questions. It is our goal to make this process as seamless and uncomplicated as possible for you. firstname.lastname@example.org 201-870-3867 Pricing: In-Home Euthanasia (including clay paw print and fur clipping if desired) $325 Private Cremation (ashes returned to you)
Communal Cremation (no return of ashes)