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.
Dogs exhibit arthritis symptoms in different ways. Some dogs will limp, other dogs will be less willing to do routine activities (such as going for walks or playing), some dogs will lick the affected area constantly. Generally, owners will notice a decrease in activity or difficulty getting up after rest. Some dogs become more irritable and less likely to join in activities they previously liked to do.
Arthritis occurs when the cartilage in a joint becomes damaged. The cartilage is a cushion between the bones in a joint which acts as a shock absorber. Damage to the cartilage can be caused by wear and tear, trauma, obesity, ageing, unstable joints or athletic injury (such as repetitive jumping). Some causes of arthritis are the result of congenital abnormalities (such as hip dysplasia).
What are some treatment options for arthritis in dogs?
There are things that can be done to help a dog living with arthritis. Unfortunately, there is no cure for arthritis. Excessive weight puts additional stress on all joints. Maintaining a healthy lean body weight helps reduce the need for medications to control the discomfort that comes with arthritis. Joint supplements, such as Glucosamine, have been used with benefit in dogs. Other treatment options include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (also known as NSAID) have been used to reduce inflammation and pain. No single NSAID will work for all dogs so the veterinarian must tailor a treatment for each individual dog.
Can I give my dog aspirin?
Aspirin can be used in some dogs but a proper dose must be determined by a veterinarian before it should be used. As with all NSAIDs, aspirin has side effects that can be dangerous for your dog’s health. No medication should ever be administered to your dog without checking with your veterinarian first. There are also safer, dog specific alternatives available.
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
Continue our "closed waiting room" 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 take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. 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. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8 am - 6 pm Wednesday: 8 am - 7 pm Friday: 8 am - 4 pm Saturday & Sunday: Closed
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!