We remain open to provide urgent care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.
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.
Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.
The following changes are effective as of Monday April 6, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. Our door will be locked. Please call the number posted on the front door when you arrive and one of our Registered Veterinary Technicians will come to take the history and collect your pet. Our veterinarian will contact you by phone to discuss your pet's health before you leave.
2. We are offering urgent care appointments only at this time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8 am - 6 pm, Wednesday 8 am - 7 pm, and Friday 8 am - 4 pm.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us ahead of time to ensure we have what you need and can have it prepared before your arrival. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, please visit our website.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.
Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.