Veterinary Blog by River Bridge Animal Hospital

April is National Heartworm Awareness Month

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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 is Poison Prevention Month

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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!

Dog Poisons:

  1. Chocolate
  2. Mouse and Rat Poisons (rodenticides)
  3. Vitamins and Minerals (e.g., Vitamin D3, iron, etc.)
  4. NSAIDs (e.g., ibuprofen, naproxen, etc.)
  5. Cardiac Medications (e.g., calcium channel blockers, beta-blockers, etc.)
  6. Cold and Allergy Medications (e.g., pseudoephedrine, phenylephrine, etc.)
  7. Antidepressants (e.g., selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors)
  8. Xylitol
  9. Acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol)
  10. Caffeine Pills

Cat Poisons:

  1. Topical spot-on insecticides
  2. Household Cleaners
  3. Antidepressants
  4. Lilies
  5. Insoluble Oxalate Plants (e.g., Dieffenbachia, Philodendron, etc.)
  6. Human and Veterinary NSAIDs
  7. Cold and Flu Medication (e.g., Tylenol)
  8. Glow Sticks
  9. ADD/ADHD Medications/Amphetamines
  10. 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.

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

It’s National Walk Your Pet Month!

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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.

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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November is National Senior Pet Health Month!

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old pet wellnessHelp us celebrate National Senior Pet Health Month! Throughout November, we are honoring senior pets with 10% off our Senior Preventive Care Blood Screening. Our goal is to ensure your loved one is in optimal health throughout their golden years!

Our main concerns with older pets are weight, nutrition, pain and organ diseases. As a result, we believe senior pets should have semi-annual veterinary visits instead of just annual visits in order to promote early detection and keep your pets happy! Controlling weight and pain as well as early detection of organ disease is the easiest way to ensure a healthier and happier life for your furry friends.
To schedule your pet(s) senior preventive care visit, please call 561-966-1171.

Thanksgiving should be a time of togetherness and good feelings. The last thing you want for your holiday is an emergency trip to the veterinary hospital. Unfortunately, there are a number of dangers sitting in your dining room that could be the cause of just such a scenario.  Click here to follow the links and learn more.

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