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  • Our culture is experiencing an ongoing evolution of the human-animal bond: the family-pet relationship. We live in increasingly intimate contact with the animals who share our lives, and veterinary care has progressed to a level that supports longer life expectancy in pets than ever before. Pets are now living longer and better because we are able to feed them better and protect them from infectious diseases and parasites. This means we are witnessing a surge in the segment of the pet population that is senior and geriatric. In fact, it is not so rare to see cats 20 years of age and older and small- to medium-breed dogs in their late teens.

  • Phenobarbital is used to help control seizures in dogs and cats. It may be used alone or with other medication.

  • Phenoxybenzamine is use to reduce internal urethral sphincter tone. It will allow your pet to pass urine more easily. Phenoxybenzamine is classified as an alpha-adrenergic blocking agent. Phenoxybenzamine may be used for other conditions as determined by your veterinarian.

  • Phenylbutazone is a synthetic non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication used for lowering fever, pain management and to reduce inflammation. It may be prescribed to your pet to treat osteoarthritis, rheumatism and/or inflammation.

  • Phytonadione is used to treat animals that have been poisoned with warfarin or bishydroxycoumarin. These poisons may result in bleeding problems in the animal. This medication helps to stop bleeding. Phytonadione may be used for other conditions as prescribed by your veterinarian.

  • Pimobendan is used to treat congestive heart failure in dogs. This medication helps to strengthen the muscular contractions of the heart and dilates blood vessels.

  • Piroxicam is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication. It is used most often to treat dogs with transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder, squamous cell carcinoma or mammary adenocarcinoma. It may be used to help manage pain associated with degenerative joint disease.

  • Pituitary macroadenomas are large, non-cancerous (benign) tumors of the pituitary gland. These tumors may be functional (hormone-secreting) or nonfunctional, and their effects depend on whether the tumor is producing hormones.

  • The pituitary gland is an endocrine gland located at the base of the brain. Endocrine glands produce specialized chemicals called hormones, which regulate and integrate many activities to maintain internal stability of the body.

  • Plaque is a gummy substance that forms on the teeth within a few hours after a meal. Within twenty-four hours, plaque begins to mineralize by combining with salts that are present in the saliva. As the plaque continues to accumulate and harden, it eventually forms tartar. Tartar can cause dental problems such as periodontal (gum) disease if not controlled.

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