2410 N. Highway 53
La Grange, KY 40031
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Countryside Animal Hospital

2410 N. Highway 53
La Grange, KY 40031
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Office Hours

Mon: 7:30am-6:00pm
Tue: 7:30am- 6:00pm
Wed: 8:00am- 12:00pm
Thu: 7:30am- 6:00pm
Fri: 7:30am- 6:00pm
Sat: 7:30am- 1:00pm

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La Grange KY Veterinarian Senior Care

Senior Care

Our veterinarian at Countryside Animal Hospital loves senior pets. Dr. Rainey’s personal pets all experience long active lives despite aging and inevitable disease processes. The average senior pet requires a more in depth health examination, as well as different treatment procedures based on the individual patients specific conditions. Our veterinary hospital is proud to offer advanced medical technology and protocols, as well as incorporating herbs and acupuncture that will significantly increase the quality of life of any aging pet. Any senior pet visiting our hospital should expect to receive a stress-free examination, as well a consultation with owners on lifestyle and dietary decisions deemed appropriate for their animal.

Just like humans, when animals age the type of care that they need changes too. You will need to be aware of health and mobility problems that come with age, changes in diet and even changes in their behavior and temperament.

We have put together to this short guide to help you prepare for looking after your pet as they enter their senior years.

Caring for senior dogs

When your dog is considered ‘senior’ will largely depend on what breed he is, although many people refer to dogs aged 7 and above as ‘middle aged’. However as a general rule, larger breed dogs age quicker.

Decreased mobility and lack of interest in exercise are pretty good indicators that your dog is reaching his senior years. You should reduce the amount of exercise you are providing, and you may find it beneficial to do shorter and more frequent exercise sessions rather than lengthy walks that may be too much for your pet. Ideally you should aim for 2 or 3 20-30 minute walks each day, but if your pet seems very stiff or uncomfortable then let him rest instead. Decreased mobility can also be a sign of arthritis which is common in older dogs. Your veterinarian will be able to diagnose this and offer treatment if required.

As your dog slows down, you may find that he puts on a little weight. This is because he is using less energy and isn’t burning fat the way he used to. This usually requires an adjustment of your pets’ diet. Your veterinarian will probably recommend a senior diet, which is comprised of fewer calories – your dog won’t need as much if he isn’t moving about as much – and will help prevent weight gain. Dietary changes need to be introduced gradually and carefully managed, and your veterinarian will be able to advise you of the best way to do this.

Unless you get your pet weighed regularly it can be difficult to tell if he is the correct weight for his size and breed. However, there are a couple of visible checks you can do which can highlight if weight could be an issue.

If you can’t feel an hourglass waist when you view your dog from above, or if you can’t feel his ribs with just light finger pressure then it may be that your pet needs to have his calorie intake cut. You may also find that your dog is developing a pot belly. This is also a sign of weight gain. Weight loss is just as dangerous in animals and can indicate a serious illness. If you are at all worried about the weight of your pet you should consult your veterinarian immediately.

Also just like us, dogs can suffer with eyesight and hearing deterioration as they age. This can be extremely frightening for them and often result in one of two behaviors – they can either become extremely clingy to their owner, or they may exhibit aggressive behavior. Both of these are rooted in fear and confusion and things that never used to bother then – such as bangs or children – may suddenly seem very scary and is critical that owners provide as much love, reassurance and understanding as possible.

Other problems that your dog may exhibit are:

  • Incontinence
  • Dental problems and periodontal disease
  • Symptoms similar to Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Difficulty battling illness

 

You will still need to ensure that your dog is up to date with his vaccinations and take him for his regular veterinary checkups. Some of the symptoms of aging can be frightening, but thanks to medical advances there are drugs available that help to combat them so that your dog will be able to continue a happy, comfortable life.

Caring for senior cats

Much of the advice for caring for senior cats is the same as caring for senior dogs. They too are considered ‘middle aged’ by the time they reach their 7th birthday and may display signs of decreased mobility and an unwillingness to participate in activities that exert them. If you have had a primarily outdoor cat, you may find that as she ages she may prefer to spend her time indoors instead.

Cats can vary in size depending on their breed, so while you need to keep an eye on her weight it may not tell you the whole story. However the same tell-tale signs listed above for dogs can indicate that it may be time to speak to your veterinarian about her weight. Again, your veterinarian may suggest a senior diet that is lower in calories and will advise of the best way to gradually introduce this to your pet.

Cats too can suffer with eyesight and hearing deterioration which can make them extremely nervous, and they may display this emotion as clinginess or aggression. You should try and reassure them as much as possible by providing them with attention and understanding.

Put a litter tray indoors, even if your cat usually does her business outside. This may prevent accidents occurring, particularly if her mobility is impaired. You should also keep a close eye on her claws as reduced activity can lead to them growing long and sometimes back into the foot.

Other problems that your cat may exhibit are:

  • Incontinence
  • Dental problems
  • Symptoms similar to Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Difficulty battling illness

 

You will still need to ensure that your cat is up to date with her vaccinations and take her for her regular veterinary checkups. Some of the symptoms of aging can be frightening, but thanks to medical advances there are drugs available that help to combat them so that your cat will be able to continue a happy, comfortable life.

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Countryside Animal Hospital
2410 N. Highway 53
La Grange, KY 40031
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Office Hours
Mon: 7:30am-6:00pm
Tue: 7:30am- 6:00pm
Wed: 8:00am- 12:00pm
Thu: 7:30am- 6:00pm
Fri: 7:30am- 6:00pm
Sat: 7:30am- 1:00pm

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Reviews

4.7
Based on 407 reviews
Cassandra P.
Cassandra P.
Dr. Rainey and his staff are always so nice and sweet. Very caring and they treat my fur babies like there own. Highly Recommend them. You can't... find any better vet than them. I lost my Companion of 13 years (Snuggles) and they were so supportive and sent there sympathy. ❤️ I truly can't put there practice into words. Absolutely love this Place and all the Staffread more
Larry V.
Larry V.
We took our new Barbet puppy for his first Veterinarian visit this week, which was awesome. The staff was friendly, and Dr. Rainey shared much good... information about puppy health. It has a small-town country feel, and I love that!! I look forward to having them care for my new Barbet, Moses, for a long time. Thanks to everyone at Countryside for making us feel comfortable.read more
Glisseal !
Glisseal !
Very expensive. Nice people but they insist that every dog needs certain things and you know very well none of your previous dogs never needed it.... Location is very convient.read more
candice L.
candice L.
We just moved to the area and hadn't established care with a vet yet. My English Bulldog had an urgent need to be seen and I brought her in to... Countryside Animal Hospital. Dr. Rainey was quick to assess that she needed emergent care at a vet hospital and recommended the best facility that could meet her needs quickly. Once released I took her back to help manage the chronic condition she was diagnosed with and couldn't be happier with his expertise! She is now doing well and his recommendations solved an issue that we didn't realize she had for years. I highly recommend Countryside Animal Hospital!read more
C P
C P
Dr Rainey and staff are incredible! The best veterinarian clinic that I’ve ever frequented.I have a deep respect and appreciation for Dr Rainey and... the way that he approaches my pet’s health with compassion, merging East and West philosophies, delivering premium care for my Marley, that’s individualized and specific to his healthcare needs.It’s more than a clinic, it’s a hospital staffed with people who genuinely love and care for animals. Dr Rainey performed extensive surgery on my dog and it’s amazing how quickly Marley is healing and recovering even with other comorbities.Everyone at the office has been so kind and offered me a level of peace even through some difficult decision-making regarding my dog’s care. Their medical expertise is top notch. Honestly, I’ve never been to a vet that I trusted more.So if you’re looking for a holistic approach to your pet’s healthcare needs, you’ve found the right place. I am beyond grateful that I found them.The drive from Louisville is nothing compared to the level of peace they will offer you.They’re just wonderful. ❤️Contessa Pantojaread more
Will F.
Will F.
10/10 would recommend to other pet owners. As a local business owner in La Grange I can appreciate a reliable place where my family and I can take... our pets. Reasonable pricing for our pets needs as well.read more
Rhonda F.
Rhonda F.
Rhonda FullerWe sought out a good animal vet and staff due to the severe abuse from Covid and the restrictions when we lost our last dog due to vet... clinic abuse. We prayed feverently and found Countryside Animal Hospital. We realize the vet does not perform major surgeries and this has been very important to us due to the ongoing Covid restrictions from other vet offices. We like the smaller clinic environment, and the assistant Amy is so good with our dogs. We appreciate Dr. Rainey and his care for our dogs.read more
Rosemary G.
Rosemary G.
Dr. Rainey has correctly diagnosed our cat, Diva, with two different conditions this year alone. He has given Diva the proper treatment and she's... responded very well. We are so fortunate that he is able to be Divas doctor, and the staff there has treated her so well. We won't go anywhere else.read more
Chaz F.
Chaz F.
The staff at Countryside are so kind and take excellent care of our pets! They truly go above and beyond to make sure our pets are comfortable during... visits and help answer any questions we have.read more
Valerie K.
Valerie K.
Our lab was attacked by a pit at Morgan Park. 3" laceration, torn ACL. We went unscheduled to Dr Rainey. They took us right in. He made a rapid... accessment. Printed out details and estimate of what he may have to do. We agreed with his judgement left our lab over nite. Next day Doc calls. "Looks like minor surgery on the wound, pain pills and antibiotic, he should be fine." He was a new dog to us! Not only was Doc Rainey accurate with his diagnosis but he did exactly what he said he would do and charged exactly what he estimated it to be. So refreshing to have such an experienced vet with integrity. Great caring staff as well, thank you! Brian, Val & Lakerread more
Patricia O.
Patricia O.
Dr. Rainey is wonderful!He is quality over quantity and was very present at our consultation for our dog's health.He explained what he would be... doing, why he had to do it, and how he came to the conclusions.He educated us so that we didn't require blind faith but we understood the what's, the why's, the when's and the how's.He gave clear instructions with a calm bedside manner.I thought the costs were a bit pricey but about the same as any other vet.He didn't try to upsale us on unnecessary things.This visit was thumbs up!A+read more
Robin C.
Robin C.
Wonderful service, very acknowledgeable and kind to my animals. Dr Rainey is a great veterinarian and I trust him with my animals. He is now my... veterinarianread more
Dona K.
Dona K.
Dr Rainey and staff are wonderful. My dog has had a recurrent ear infection, I have been to numerous vets and for the first time in a few years my... dog is infection free. Thank you Countryside!!!read more
Melissa M.
Melissa M.
My kitten Martica is my emotional support cat and is very dear to me. He is 11mo. Old. Country side animal hospital has taken care of him for me all... his lil life. Very specific though he has been treated on 2 seperate occasion for illnesses once for a double severe ear infection..Dr. Rainey aka The Magic Man had him feeling better and healed in no time flat and helped us eliminate his allergen. Also more serious he was also treated for aspirations pneumonia w complications from meditation he recieved at blue pearl hospital after hours treatment Dr.Rainey kept him overnight gave him fluids and ran every necessary test gave him shots he could tolerate very well fixed his diet and saved Marticas life. He also provides safe cat treats cat toothpaste and brush and his shampoo right in the office for easy convenience. Magic Man aka Dr. Rainey and his staff..ms. Candy. Ms. Sophia and everyone there are the greatest! I would NEVER take my Martica anywhere but there i learned the hard way..but Dr.Rainey saved the day as always!!read more
L.W. M.
L.W. M.
Dr. Rainey is a gift to animals and the people who are their companions. One of the last of the non-corporate veterinarians, his knowledge and... empathy determine he is one of the best we have worked with as stray/feral cat collectors in our neighborhood.It is a long drive for us to take our cats, but we will gladly make it for his care. His staff are friendly and accommodating, always finding a way to fit us in on short notice.We are blessed to have Dr Rainey and Countryside as our cats healthcare provider.Lem and Maura Masonread more
Mary Jo D.
Mary Jo D.
My dog is very anxious. The staff did well with him and our visit went better than I expected. Dr. Rainey and the rest of the staff are very kind and... take the time to listen to any concerns.read more
P M.
P M.
On vacation and my pup got bit by something, causing a lump and swelling. Office scheduled me quickly (next morning). Vet was kind and gentle with my... little girl. Gave her a shot of cortisone that helped. Office Staff was extremely friendly. Pricing was a bit higher than our usual vet, but much more reasonable than typical animal hospitals @$125. Would definitely go again for treatment if needed.read more
Heather D.
Heather D.
Dr. Rainey saved my kitty Bandit. No other vet has been as caring, attentive or professional and I've taken him to SIX vets in town. Most wouldn't... help him, tried to put him to sleep!!I will never go anywhere else with my fur babies Dr. Rainey is literally the best vet in the greater Louisville area. I'm always in and out on time as well and the prices are very affordable, especially because he accepts Care Credit. Thank you Dr. Rainey and his nice staff. LT Dan Bandit is able to eat and have his life back thanks to you!!!!!read more
Ashley W.
Ashley W.
Bailey loves her new diet! It has stopped her stomach issues and she is thinner and full of life! She eats salmon, green beans and sweet potatoes!!... This makes sense now more than ever with everything I have seen with dogs sharing similar dna to humans.read more
Joel W.
Joel W.
These guys are by far the best vet I have been to in my 30 years of having pets… they are EXTREMELY accommodating, and very reasonably priced… I... would DEFINITELY recommend them to anyone looking for a vet!!!read more
Renee B.
Renee B.
I brought my dog for acupuncture treatments Everyone there is very nice and friendly . Dr Rainey takes time to explain things in detail. He was... even able to catch a kidney issue that we had no idea she had.read more
Robert O.
Robert O.
Everyone there is very helpful, friendly, and professional. I believe you are very thorough in the care you give SanDee. The only drawback is this... care is a bit expensive.read more
Barbara G.
Barbara G.
We took our GS in for a second opinion and got more information than ever before. Dr Rainey gave us some herbal supplements along with a pain med... and it had worked wonders on our girl. She’s acting like her playful self again.read more
Christina G
Christina G
We are so thankful to Dr. Rainey and the care his giving to our baby Jasper. We found out he had kidney failure and Dr. Rainey is doing everything so... we can keep him around a little bit longer. He and his team are wonderful and really care about our fur babies! We are thankful for the care he's given both our boys Mr. Lu and Jasper!read more
mary W.
mary W.
Very reasonable surgical prices, kind compatonate staff. Truly cares about my senior dogs health and wellbeing! Just moved here from out of state... this is for sure my new vet!read more
Lola H.
Lola H.
I have been bringing my baby to Dr. Rainey since she was 8 weeks old. She still has a tiny bit of anxiety when she gets back to the exam room but the... staff and Dr. Rainey are great with her. She leaves there just as happy as when she arrived. I feel his prices are fair and affordable and Dr. Rainey and his staff have always been friendly and inviting every time we have come in.read more
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