Senior Extended Care Program


 
Click here to Download the Senior Extended Care Admission Form
(download only if your pet has been enrolled in the program)

What is it?
 

Our years of experience have shown that senior pets often need quite a bit more time, resources, and attention than our younger boarding pets. 

Clients will be notified when their pet needs to be enrolled into this program.  The staff at Armadale will make this decision based on the senior pet’s condition and ability to handle the stresses of the boarding experience. 

Once the pet is enrolled into the program, they will stay in the program for as long as they continue to board with us

 

What is included with this program?
 

This program includes additional walks, bathing, extra bedding, and all medication and diet fees.

 

What is the cost?
 

The all-inclusive boarding cost is $43.00 per dog per day.  Optional treats and activities are not included with the boarding cost, but may be added to your pet’s stay by selecting them at check-in time. 

 

Is this optional?
 

Unfortunately, enrollment into this program is not optional.  Once the pet is deemed as a candidate for the program, the client and staff will sign the agreement for allowing the pet to be placed into the Senior Extended Care Program and the pet will remain in the program for the remainder of the time they board at Armadale.

 

Is this program just limited to senior pets?
 

Most of the pets will be seniors when they are enrolled into the program, but if there are younger pets that would greatly benefit from being in the program; they will ask to be enrolled as well.

 

Is there an enrollment fee?
 

There is no enrollment fee for placement into the Senior Extended Care Program, but the standard senior extended care boarding rate will apply.

 

SIGNS OF HEALTH ISSUES IN AGING PETS

 

The American Animal Hospital Association provides the following list of physical and behavioral problems that can indicate health issues in aging pets.

    • Sustained, significant increase in water consumption or urination
    • Sudden weight loss or gain
    • Significant decrease in appetite or failure to eat for more than 2 days
    • Significant increase in appetite
    • Repeated vomiting
    • Diarrhea lasting over three days
    • Difficulty in passing stool or urine
    • Change in housebreaking
    • Lameness lasting more that five days or lameness in more than one leg
    • Noticeable decrease in vision
    • Open sores or scabs on the skin that persist for more than one week
    • Foul mouth odor or drooling that lasts for more than two days
    • Increasing size of the abdomen
    • Increasing inactivity or amount of time spent sleeping
    • Hair loss, especially if accompanied by scratching or if in specific areas (as opposed to generalized)
    • Excessive panting
    • Inability to chew dry food
    • Blood in stool or urine
    • Sudden collapse or bout or weakness
    • A seizure (convulsion)
    • Persistent coughing or gagging
    • Breathing heavily or rapidly at rest

This is an excerpt from the Pet Services Journal in the July/August 2008 issue

 


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