“Care of the Older Pet” is an invaluable guide for the concerned pet parent who wishes their senior pet to get the most out of life.
This course is all about keeping your pet healthy, happy, and active into their senior years. It gives you an understanding of the ageing process in cats and dogs, and practical tips on how to give them a comfortable, stimulating, and enjoyable old age so they stay fitter for longer.
You’ll learn coping strategies for pets with disabilities such as blindness, deafness, and loss of mental ability. It alerts you to the special needs of senior pets in areas such as diet, exercise, grooming, and healthcare.
The course includes a module on pain management, arthritis, and adapting the home to help the older pet with mobility problems.
Old dogs and old cats are more prone to health problems and this course helps you understand the signs and symptoms, as well as treatment options. But “Care of the Older Pet” doesn’t shy away from tackling important issues such as judging quality of life and knowing when to say that final goodbye.
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
About Holly and Hugo:
All our courses are accredited by the International Council for Online Educational Standards (ICOES). Courses are written strictly by veterinarians and experts in the field. We have educated 50,000+ students from 87 countries with consistently great satisfaction rate exceeding 90%.
Our courses are available 24/7 from a PC, laptop/tablet or mobile device. You are supported by our friendly customer service team via email, phone, and our 24/7 Help Center.
Holly & Hugo believe in interactive education. Out students participate in free, live Q&A webinars with animal practitioners. Also, the veterinary team responds to your training, behavioral, and health queries via the blog, regularly updated with detailed posts. We pride ourselves on listening to your feedback, and acting on suggestions for courses and content.
Modular learning with multiple choice examinations, reinforces what you learn. Access to webinar replays with over 80 common pet problems answered (new topics added every month). On successful completion of a course each student receives a PDF Certificate of Completion (included in course price).
Who is this course for?
Holly & Hugo’s philosophy is to enhance your relationship with the pets in your life through:
- informative online learning
- webinars with veterinary professionals
- blogs posts answering most often asked questions
- active social media community
Written for owners and pet professionals, each Holly & Hugo course is fully supported with optional eBooks to supplement your learning.
This course is essential if you are:
- The pet parent of an ageing cat or dog who wishes to plan ahead for an active old age
- An owner who wants to keep their older pet fitter for longer
- A pet parent struggling to cope with a senior pet’s needs, such as senile behavior
- An owner wishing to improve their older pet’s quality of life and keep them comfortable
- Owners who want to better understand their pet’s age-related health problems
- Those struggling to come to terms with knowing when it’s time to say a final goodbye
No previous experience required.
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