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.
Signs to watch out for can be as subtle as slowing down when going for a walk or when exercising or as apparent as limping and not putting weight on a leg. Usually, stiffness is more prominent after laying down for a longer period, and dogs will typically “warm out of it”. Dogs can be reluctant to jump up into vehicles or onto beds and may not want to use stairs anymore.
What causes arthritis in dogs?
General wear and tear over the years will cause damage to the cartilage of the bones that make up the joints, leading to inflammation and pain. Trauma or injury to a joint can also cause arthritis.
What are some treatment options for arthritis in dogs?
There are many different ways to treat arthritis depending on the severity and on the dog. Using multiple different therapies is usually the most effective treatment. One important area is to have an ideal body weight to lessen the strain on the joints. Supplements such as glucosamine or omega 3s can help some dogs a lot. Dasuquin or Cosequin are both supplements taken by mouth that include glucosamine and omega 3s plus many other useful supplements. There is also an injectable supplement that helps with joint health called Cartrophen. For patients with more severe arthritis, pain medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory for dogs are available.
Can I give my dog Aspirin?
It is not a good idea to give your dog aspirin unless it is prescribed by a vet. There are much safer and more effective pain medications made specifically for dogs.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 11, 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 to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!