As an animal owner, one of the most difficult things to hear is that our beloved pet is suffering from a chronic disease. At Family Member Animal Hospital, we’re here to make sure your pet receives the highest quality care, at an affordable cost, to help you manage their illness. Our hope is to catch these conditions as early as possible so that you can avoid expensive veterinary bills and less effective treatments.

Though there are some younger animals with chronic illnesses, many of these conditions often show up in older cats and dogs. This makes regular senior pet care that much more important for the long term health of your pet. Early detection and treatment can mean a world of difference for your pet.

Diabetes is a very common concern in older animals, though it’s especially manageable when treated promptly. Similar to humans, overweight pets have an added risk of developing this condition. Dietary counseling can be helpful to reduce symptoms of diabetes in addition to exercise and the appropriate insulin treatment. Preventing obesity and reducing your pet’s weight will go a long way toward helping with any chronic illnesses they have.

Cancer if diagnosed early can be treated to prolong your pets life. All treatment options will be discussed with Dr. Gunckel’s support of whatever treatment plan you decide on. We want to keep your pet comfortable and have quality of life for whatever time they have left.

Dr. Gunckel also regularly sees pets with kidney and thyroid disease. It’s important to have an individualized treatment plan for your pet if they’re suffering from a chronic illness. With regular testing and medication, your pet can still live a happy and healthy life by your side.

Family Member Animal Hospital is proud to provide chronic disease management in the Loveland, Fort Collins, Drake, Estes Park, Windsor, Johnstown, Berthoud, Longmont and Greeley communities.