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September is Animal Pain Awareness Month

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What if you couldn’t tell your doctor that you were in pain?  Animals suffer from pain just like we do. Pain comes in many forms: surgical pain, arthritis, and cancer, just to name a few.  Acute pain is obvious and distressing.  Chronic pain can be subtle, and masked as “getting old” or “slowing down.”  Age is not a disease, but the pain is. There are many options to treat the various causes of pain in animals including pain medications, physical rehabilitation, acupuncture, laser therapy, and therapeutic massage.

The obscure cat

Cats are good at hiding their pain. So, if you notice your cat acting grouchy, flattening his ears back, really crouch­ing up his body position, or—especially—hiding, it may be a good indication that your pet is experiencing pain.

Here are some other indicators:

  • Not being able to jump up on a bed or counter
  • Any issues with the litter box
  • Not grooming or not wanting to be groomed
  • A decrease in appetite
  • Aggressive behavior when touched

 The sad dog

Don’t think that a dog whining or crying is the only indicator that a dog might be in pain. In fact, dogs will rarely whine or cry unless they are in severe pain. So, look for these other signs to recognize when your dog may be experiencing pain:

  • A decrease in appetite
  • Trembling
  • Has a sad or tense “look” on his face like he is in pain
  • Not using a leg
  • Avoiding stairs
  • Not greeting you as usual
  • Crouching
  • Taking a long time to urinate ordefecate
  • Excessively panting

AUGUST SPECIAL

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Take $10 Fecal Centrifugation Screen in August

Gastrointestinal parasites are not only primary disease agents in companion animals, some are also transmissible to people. Of all the diagnostic techniques used to detect gastrointestinal parasites, none is more accurate and reliable than centrifugal fecal flotation.

Dogs and cats are more than just pets; they are members of the family. It is important to keep your companion animal healthy and free of intestinal parasites. For the month of August, we are offering $10.00 off each fecal centrifugation screening.

Before you decide your indoor-only cat doesn’t need parasite prevention of a fecal screening, consider these important facts:

  • Cockroaches, mice, and flies all can carry roundworm eggs.
  • Cats are natural hunters and will hunt them!
  • 15% of commercial potting soil contains roundworm eggs.
  • Dogs and people can bring in different parasites that can affect the indoor cat.

July Special

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July is Arthritis Awareness Month at River Bridge Animal Hospital

We are offering 25% off Laser Therapy

For middle aged to older pets, arthritis is an unfortunately common ailment. With animals, it is always difficult to discern exactly what is ailing them. If your pet is limping, having difficulty moving, sleeping an unusual amount, and irregularly irritable, there is a good chance your pet is experiencing arthritic symptoms.
The last thing we want is for our beloved pets to experience discomfort. We want our senior patients to feel as relaxed and happy as possible. Recent innovations in medical laser therapy have made it possible for animals to experience relief from arthritic symptoms.

The most common Laser Therapy indications are:

Acute or chronic otitis (Ear problems)
Anal Gland inflammation
Arthritis (Degenerative Joint Disease)
Back Pain (Intervertebral Disc Disease)
Hot Spots
Idiopathic Cystitis ? (Bladder Inflammation)
Inflammatory Conditions:
Lick Granulomas
Periodontitis (Gingivitis)
Sinusitis, Rhinitis (Nasal problems)
Surgery (Incisions, Growth Removals, Bone Surgery)
Trauma (Skin, Muscle, Bone)
Wounds (Trauma)

For more information or to schedule an appointment call 561-966-1171

Hurricane, thunderstorm and fireworks season is here!

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When noise hurts, SILEO can help.

Did you know that at least one in three dogs suffer from noise aversion? Your dog could be suffering in silence. But here*s the good news: There*s an at-home treatment that can help.

First, look for the signs. Does your dog react to loud noises (fireworks, thunder, construction noise or street noise) with any of the following behaviors?

Pacing, Trembling or shaking, Hiding, Restlessness, Cowering, Lip licking, Refuses to eat. Yawning, Excessive vigilance/hypervigilance, Vocalizing (whining or barking at the sounds), Brow furrowed and ears back, Owner seeking behavior and abnormal clinginess, Freezing or immobility.

When to give your dog SILEO

The first dose can be given:

  • Approximately 30–60 minutes before the noise event
  • As soon as your dog shows signs of anxiety or fear related to noise
  • Whenever you hear a noise that causes your dog to be fearful or anxious

It takes about 30 minutes to 1 hour for SILEO to take full effect, and it typically lasts 2 to 3 hours. If the noise continues and the behavioral changes recur, further doses can be given at intervals of 2 hours, up to a total of five times during each noise event, as needed. Do not give another dose of SILEO if your dog appears sedated from the previous dose.

SILEO gel comes preloaded in a multi-dose oral syringe

With each dose, SILEO is absorbed into the tissues of the mouth through mucous membranes. It should not be swallowed. If your dog swallows SILEO, allow at least 2 hours before applying the next dose.

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May Specials

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May is Allergy Awareness Month, in acknowledgment of this River Bridge Animal Hospital is offering 15% Off all allergy testing.

Food allergy is the most likely cause of allergic symptoms in animals under 1 year of age.

You may recognize these symptoms: ear inflammation, excessive feet licking, generalized itching, gastritis, and in some cases vomiting and diarrhea. Other clues that your pet may be suffering from food allergies include year-round symptoms and poor response to steroids.

“Does my pet have allergies?”   

Dog Allergies

Dermatitis (skin irritation) is the most common symptom for dogs with allergies.

  • Intense itching and scratching (pruritis)
  • Feet licking and chewing
  • Face rubbing
  • Hair loss
  • Rash, skin abscesses and infection

Cat Allergies

40% of allergic cats demonstrate similar dermatologic (skin) symptoms as dogs. Cats with allergies will excessively groom themselves, causing hair loss. Some cats may display even more intense irritations such as feline acne, respiratory conditions (asthma, sneezing, nasal discharge, and watery eyes), gastritis, vomiting, and diarrhea.

  • Feline acne, eosinophilic plaques or granulomas
  • Respiratory conditions including asthma, sneezing, nasal discharge, and watery eyes
  • Gastritis, vomiting, and diarrhea

10% off DNA testing during the month of May.

Royal Canin® Genetic Health Analysis™

Your dog’s DNA can tell you a lot.

  • DNA testing can reveal the dog’s breed mix Determine the breeds that make up your dog, comparing your dog’s DNA to the unique genetic signatures of more than 250 breeds, types and varieties of dogs.
  • Help create a proactive plan for your dog’s health care with more than 130 genetic mutation tests including MDR1 for drug sensitivity.
  • Predict your dog’s likely adult weight and size, providing a benchmark you can use to ensure your dog stays at a healthy weight.
  • Offer precise nutritional guidelines and feeding recommendations based on your dog’s breed make-up.

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April is National Heartworm Awareness Month

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We encourage all pet owners to have their dog and cat on year round heartworm prevention. Dogs must have a heartworm blood test every year.  In celebration, we are offering 25% off your pets heartworm test during the month of April.

 

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How is heartworm disease transmitted from one pet to another?

The mosquito plays an essential role in the heartworm life cycle. Adult female heartworms living in an infected dog, fox, coyote, or wolf produce microscopic baby worms called microfilaria that circulate in the bloodstream. When a mosquito bites and takes a blood meal from an infected animal, it picks up these baby worms, which develop and mature into “infective stage” larvae over a period of 10 to 14 days. Then, when the infected mosquito bites another dog, cat, or susceptible wild animal, the infective larvae are deposited onto the surface of the animal’s skin and enter the new host through the mosquito’s bite wound. Once inside a new host, it takes approximately 6 months for the larvae to mature into adult heartworms. Once mature, heartworms can live for 5 to 7 years in dogs and up to 2 or 3 years in cats. Because of the longevity of these worms, each mosquito season can lead to an increasing number of worms in an infected pet.

 

To schedule an appointment, please call (561) 966-1171

February is National Pet Dental Health Month

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Don’t turn your nose to Fido’s or Fluffy’s bad breath! That odor might signify a serious health risk, with the potential to damage not only your pet’s teeth and gums but its internal organs as well.

dental dogIn celebration of  Pet Dental Health month, River Bridge Animal Hospital offers 20% discount off your pet’s anesthesia or non-anesthesia dental.

Call for more information or to make an appointment 561-966-1171

January Walk Your Pet

January is National Walk Your Dog Month!

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What better time for you and your pooch to get moving!

We are offering $10 OFF a fecal centrifugation screening during the month of January. It is important to keep your companion animal healthy and free of external and intestinal parasites especially when taking your dog for walks.

Walking aids greatly in training your dog. Draining energy results in a calmer, satisfied and more submissive dog who is much more likely to focus on you and your training. The walk itself should be a time of training. Done correctly, it can reinforce the bond between you and your dog and will help to establish you as the pack leader.

Going for walks provides both physical and mental stimulation. Exploring their surroundings with their senses is also an instinctual activity for dogs. During the course of a walk, your dog will be exposed to all sorts of smells, sights, and sounds. This also acts as a mental workout for the brain.

December Specials

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Laser Therapy 25% Off

Indications for Laser Therapy

The most common Laser Therapy indications are:

  • laser1_05Acute or chronic otitis (Ear problems)
  • Anal Gland inflammation
  • Arthritis (Degenerative Joint Disease)
  • Back Pain (Intervertebral Disc Disease)
  • Hot Spots
  • Idiopathic Cystitis – (Bladder Inflammation)
  • Inflammatory Conditions:
  • Lick Granulomas
  • Periodontitis (Gingivitis)
  • Sinusitis, Rhinitis (Nasal problems)
  • Surgery (Incisions, Growth Removals, Bone Surgery)
  • Trauma (Skin, Muscle, Bone)
  • Wounds (Trauma)

 

For middle-aged to older pets, arthritis is an, unfortunately, common ailment. With animals, it is always difficult to discern exactly what is ailing them. If your pet is limping, having difficulty moving, sleeping an unusual amount, and irregularly irritable, there is a good chance your pet is experiencing arthritic symptoms.

The last thing we want is for our beloved pets to experience discomfort. We want our senior patients to feel as relaxed and happy as possible. Recent innovations in medical laser therapy have made it possible for animals to experience relief from arthritic symptoms.

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