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For a while you’ve noticed that your pet is “off,” but you can’t quite put your finger on it. A visit and some diagnostic testing later at HillTop Animal Hospital, your Fuquay Varina veterinarian, show that your pet has what’s called a chronic disease. The good news is, these diseases can be managed, the bad news is, they can’t be cured.
The more common chronic diseases pets experience are much the same as what people experience. Those common in pets include:
If your pet is diagnosed with one of these conditions, you will work closely with our Fuquay Varina veterinarian to find the management protocol that best controls the illness. In order to diagnose the illness, your pet will probably need a number of tests that may include lab work and surgical biopsy. We will then prescribe the initial regimen of treatments, starting with medications. Once your pet is on medication, we will need a series of re-checks to make sure the medication is working and that your pet is feeling better. These re-checks with you Fuquay Varina veterinarian are particularly important to evaluate whether the disease or its treatment is affecting any other organs or part of the body.
Owners of pets with a chronic disease need to think about a long-term care plan for their pets. We will help you:
The fact is, managing a chronic disease is not easy, but with your commitment to your pet, combined with the dedication to excellence care by our veterinarian can result in a happy and comfortable life for your pet. We would be happy to share more information with you about chronic disease, please give us a call.