How do I know my pet is in pain?
What if you couldn’t tell your doctor that you were in pain? Animals suffer from pain just as 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
- 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
- Taking a long time to urinate or defecate
- Excessively panting
If your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms take them to River Bridge Animal Hospital as soon as possible. We are also offering 20% off dentals this month which might help your pet get healthy and running again.
Take $10 OFF Fecal Centrifugation Screen
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.
20% OFF All Dentals!
A veterinarian should evaluate your pet’s dental health at least once a year. We recommend this because bacteria and food debris accumulates around a pet’s teeth and, if left unchecked, will lead to dental disease, which is the most common widespread disease in adult dogs and cats.
We can recommend and demonstrate preventative measures you can begin at home to avoid costly dental procedures with your pet in the future.
Prevention is much less expensive than a surgery. Take advantage of our 20% off dental this month only.
July is Arthritis Awareness Month
How Your Dog Can Get Relief
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.
To see if this therapy could help your furry friend, make an appointment today with one of our amazing veterinarians!
The most common Laser Therapy indications:
- 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)
- Surgery (Incisions, Growth Removals, Bone Surgery)
- Trauma (Skin, Muscle, Bone)
- Wounds (Trauma
Enjoy 25% OFF Laser Therapy
Some of the biological effects of therapeutic lasers:
- Accelerated Tissue Repair And Cell Growth
- Faster Wound Healing
- Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation
- Anti-Pain (Analgesic)
- Improved Vascular Activity
- Increased Metabolic Activity
- Improved Nerve Function
- Trigger Points and Acupuncture Points
Hurricane, thunderstorm and fireworks season is here.
Microchipping saves lives!
A microchip is a permanent way to keep your dog safe when disaster strikes. Now is a great time to check that your dog*s microchip information is up-to-date.
Your cat or dog’s microchip implant gives your pet the best chance of returning home to you if lost. However, a microchip must be registered along with your current contact information in order to identify you as your pet’s parent and contact you. Remember as long as there are pets, even those belonging to the most responsible parents, they will go missing.
Call us at 561-966-1171 to schedule an appointment.
We are bringing awareness to Pet Allergies this month by offering 15% OFF all allergy testing.
Does My Pet Have Allergies?
A Food allergy is the most likely cause of allergic symptoms in animals under 1 year of age.
Symptoms Your Pet May Be Suffering From Food Allergies:
- Ear inflammation
- Excessive feet licking
- Generalized itching
- Some cases: vomiting and diarrhea
- Year-round symptoms and poor response to steroids
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
40% of allergic cats demonstrate similar dermatologic (skin) symptoms as dogs. Cats with allergies will excessively groom themselves, causing hair loss.
- Feline acne, eosinophilic plaques or granulomas
- Respiratory conditions including asthma, sneezing, nasal discharge, and watery eyes
- Gastritis, vomiting, and diarrhea
If your pet suffers from any of these symptoms, it is best to bring your furry friend into River Bridge Animal Hospital to receive a thorough exam where our vet specialists can determine whether a topical or oral treatment would be best. Give your pet the relief they need! Call us at 561-966-1171 .
In celebration, we are offering 25% off your pets heartworm test during the month of April.
What are Heartworms?
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. Remember, mosquitoes transmit heartworm larvae. Stop a little bite from becoming a big problem with a monthly heartworm preventive!
Treatment for heartworm disease is traumatic, risky and expensive, costing up to $1,000 or more. Why risk it? Protect your pet today! Call us at 561-966-1171 .
MARCH SPA DAY SPECIAL!
$20 BATHS EVERY WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH
(includes nail clipping, anal gland expression, and ear cleaning) for any size dog or length of coat. Must be current on vaccines. Please call the office to schedule your pet’s Spa Day at 561-966-1171 .
March is National Poison Prevention Month
TOP 10 PET POISONS
Based on our Pet Poison Helpline call volume and extensive database, here are the top 10 most common toxins that Pet Poison Helpline gets called about. Now keep in mind that some of these listed are very toxic, while some are minimally toxic (like ant baits and silica packs). When in doubt, call your vet or Pet Poison Helpline to make sure there won’t be a problem. Take special care to keep these toxins out of your pet’s reach and pet-proof your house!
- Mouse and Rat Poisons (rodenticides)
- Vitamins and Minerals (e.g., Vitamin D3, iron, etc.)
- NSAIDs (e.g., ibuprofen, naproxen, etc.)
- Cardiac Medications (e.g., calcium channel blockers, beta-blockers, etc.)
- Cold and Allergy Medications (e.g., pseudoephedrine, phenylephrine, etc.)
- Antidepressants (e.g., selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors)
- Acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol)
- Caffeine Pills
- Topical spot-on insecticides
- Household Cleaners
- Insoluble Oxalate Plants (e.g., Dieffenbachia, Philodendron, etc.)
- Human and Veterinary NSAIDs
- Cold and Flu Medication (e.g., Tylenol)
- Glow Sticks
- ADD/ADHD Medications/Amphetamines
- Mouse and Rat Poison
If you suspect your pet has ingested any of these items or any other questionable substance, call Pet Poison Helpline or your veterinarian for assistance. Accurate and timely identification of the suspected substance is very important. Having the container, package, or label in hand will save valuable time and may save the life of your pet.
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.
In 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
You may have made your New Year’s resolution to get healthier which may include walking more. Lucky for you, it’s National Walk Your Pet Month. Take your dog along and work on your resolutions together!
Walking together is a great time to focus on training your dog and strengthening the bond between you.
To get the most out of your time together, don’t walk and talk on the phone. Use this time to focus on your pet.
Make the walk pleasant for you and your dog. Always carry bags for cleaning up and disposing of doggie poop. Leaving dog waste is not only a health hazard but in many cities, it’s a code violation. Don’t forget to hydrate, carry water for yourself and your dog, especially in warmer weather. Carry a collapsible water bowl along with you.
How much walking time is enough for your dog? Every dog’s exercise needs are different; there is no single right answer for all dogs. Factors to consider are your dog’s size (especially the length of his or her legs), breed, age, general health, and the walking environment. Watch your dog while you’re walking—if he starts panting and slowing down, you’ve gone far enough.
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.