Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
Most people don’t realize their dog has arthritis as the signs and symptoms can be slow to reveal themselves. It may start with just not jumping up as much or not running as long when playing ball. Most commonly, we will stiffness or reluctance to get up first thing in the morning or after laying for an extended period of time. Maybe your dog is taking the stairs a little bit more slowly or you see he or she limping from time to time. Rarely would you hear them crying or moaning in pain. It is important to watch for subtle signs because even though we have made them part of our family and treat our dogs like humans, they still have a natural instinct to hide the pain. Sometimes the only way to know how painful they were is to give them some medication to manage pain and see how much better they move around.
Arthritis means inflammation of a joint. The causes are numerous and can include hip dysplasia, cruciate ligament rupture, and patellar (knee cap) luxation to name a few. Working, athletic and obese dogs are more at risk as they are placing more stress on their joints. Dogs with medical conditions affected collage or cartilage, like Cushing’s disease and Hypothyroidism are also more at risk.
What are some treatment options for arthritis in dogs?
Weight management is a very important component of treatment of arthritis in dogs. Many other modalities can be used and may include things like special diets, physical therapy, pain management, muscle strengthening, laser treatments, and chondroprotective treatments.
Can I give my dog aspirin?
Aspirin is a drug that has been around for a long time. Many people say that the regulations controlling drug safety would never allow acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) to be on the market if it were released today. Dogs are sensitive to the effects of ASA when it is used on a regular basis as their intestinal tracts are much more sensitive than ours. We have much safer drugs available for long-term use for dogs. If you do give your dog ASA, you may have to wait several days before using another drug that may be prescribed by one of our doctors, so please be sure to inform us if your dog has received any ASA.
In April of 2018, I lost my best friend, Becky. She was my 13-year-old beagle I had loved since I was 8 years old. She was my whole world, and when she passed away, my heart was empty for a long time. I never thought I’d have another dog again.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Starting September 14, 2020, we will be allowing up to 3 clients in the building at a time. We ask that our clients wear a mask when entering the clinic. We will continue our "locked door" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will then ask if you are comfortable coming into the clinic (1 person per patient) as well as perform COVID screening questions. If you are comfortable coming into the clinic, a staff member will meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for the examination. If you are not comfortable coming into the clinic, the technician will phone you to take the history needed for your appointment and the Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
5. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours - please note that evening appointments are only available for vaccination clinics:
Monday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm Tuesday to Thursday: 8:00am - 8:00pm Friday: 8:00am - 5:30pm Saturday: 8:30 am - 1:30 pm Sunday: Closed
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!