Too old for surgery? Medical treatment for older pets

The saying goes that you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but what other things should we be cautious about when it comes to our aging pets?

Veterinary surgeon Roy Aronson spoke to Pippa Hudson about the risks and benefits of operating on older animals.

There is no such thing as an animal that is too old for surgery. They all deserve the best that we can do and sometimes the best is risking surgery.

Roy Aronson, Veterinary surgeon - Private practice

A listener to the Lunchtime with Pippa Hudson show was concerned about sending her 17-year-old cat for surgery after it developed a cancerous tumour.

Aronson had the following advice:

It has to be risk versus reward. You want to improve the animal's life. You want to make sure the surgery is removing the greater risk.

Roy Aronson, Veterinary surgeon - Private practice

Aronson says like humans, animals are living longer these days. Something he puts down to improved nutrition.

I started my career 35 years ago and back then an old dog was 10 or 11 and now, 35 years later, an old dog is 18 and 19 and 20.

Roy Aronson, Veterinary surgeon - Private practice

Listen to the full interview below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Too old for surgery? Medical treatment for older pets


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