Dr. Mary Gardner has a love affair with old dogs and skinny old cats, and she is the co-editor of Treatment and Care of the Veterinary Geriatric Patient, an extraordinarily helpful book, because at some point we are all caring for an older pet.
On my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show, Dr. Gardner talks about her grandma Gardner and how her aging correlates with our older pets. Dr. Gardner tries to define what “old” is for our pets.
I am honored to say I contributed to Treatment and Care of the Veterinary Geriatric Patient with a chapter called “Environmental Enrichment for Senior Pets: The Next Best Thing to the Foundation of Youth,” which is all about keeping pets stimulated mentally. It’s as important as physical activity. Continued brain activity may even delay the onset of cognition issues (canine or feline cognitive dysfunction syndrome).
Dr. Gardner also talks about balancing much as pets age, including the drugs they require and other medical needs.
It’s true: We all grow old. Of course, aging is better than the alternative and, realistically, aging may be associated with some struggles.
We discuss Lap of Love, which Dr. Gardner co-founded with Dr. Dani McVety. She also discuses how and when to say “goodbye,” which includes this prescription: 15 minutes of love twice a day.