26: Giving Older Dogs the Good Life
Dr. Alicia Karas joins Julie Fudge Smith and Colleen Pelar to talk about giving older dogs the good life, finding ways to make their days comfortable and happy.
Dr. Karas is a veterinary anesthesiologist and specializes in managing pain. She’s on the faculty at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and works in the Tufts emergency and critical care clinic. She shared great tips about how to assess your dog’s quality of life. Two terrific resources are Dr. Karas’s Comfort Diary for Dogs and the HHHHHMM scale.
Dr. Karas mentioned Composure, a chew containing L-theanine. Here is a link to where Julie buys her, they come in various sizes and are available for cats as well. Be sure to check with your vet before adding any supplements to your dog’s diet.