Her Purpose – Grey Muzzles

There is nothing better to Dr. Mary than a skinny old cat or wobbly geriatric dog. The elderly pet population is a growing demographic and owning a super-senior brings a different set of responsibilities, challenges and emotional strains. Dr. Mary has had her fair share of grey muzzles throughout her life. From a kidney failure cat to a dog with major mobility issues, and many in between. She knows firsthand what struggles families go through when dealing with the aging pet.

Most would think that since Dr. Mary is a hospice veterinarian, she would be saddened with helping families say goodbye to their furry family members. However, she finds comfort in providing a loving and dignified experience to families. But what she does find difficult is seeing so many older pets struggle with the ailments of aging when they could be helped. Approximately 70% of geriatric pets are ever seen by their primary care veterinarian – and that is a statistic she would like to drastically change. She also empathizes with the families in their physical, emotional and time struggles during this life phase. Because of this, it has become her purpose to focus on the science of aging, the management of the elderly, the medical care veterinarians provide as well as the caregiver burden.

Educating the entire veterinary staff on caring for the geriatric pet is something Dr. Mary adores! She helps hospitals create protocols for standards of care for the geriatric pet, explore ways that clinics can educate pet's parents on the ailments of the aging process as well as find ways to encourage them to visit their veterinarian for help.

She has written dozens of articles on this topic and co-edited a veterinary textbook dedicated to the geriatric patient. She is also working on a book focused on helping the pet's family.