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.
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:
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:
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:
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.
Does My Pet Have Allergies?
A Food allergy is the most likely cause of allergic symptoms in animals under 1 year of age.
Dermatitis (skin irritation) is the most common symptom for dogs with allergies.
40% of allergic cats demonstrate similar dermatologic (skin) symptoms as dogs. Cats with allergies will excessively groom themselves, causing hair loss.
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 .
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 .
$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 .
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!
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.
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.
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.
Help 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.