Surgery (Incisions, Growth Removals, Bone Surgery)
Trauma (Skin, Muscle, Bone)
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!
Early warning signs that a senior pet may be having problems.
> Increased thirst and urination
> Loss of bladder control or noncompliance with house training.
> Repeated vomiting
> Bad breath, drooling, or changes in appetite
> Excessive panting or exercise intolerance
> Lumps or changes in areas of skin color
> Change in appetite such as eating more or less than usual
> Changes in behavior such as disorientation or excessive whining
> Unusual bowel habits such as diarrhea or constipation
> Gaining or losing weight
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.
Catching problems early is often the best way to prevent them from becoming more serious.
To schedule your pet(s) senior preventive care visit, please call 561-966-1171.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Dermatitis (skin irritation) is the most common symptom for dogs with allergies.
Intense itching and scratching (pruritis)
Feet licking and chewing
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. 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
In celebration, we are offering $10 off your pets heartworm test during the month of April.
What are Heartworms?
April is National Heartworm Awareness Month. 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 $10 off your pets heartworm test during the month of April.
What is heartworm disease?
Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease in pets in the United States and many other parts of the world. It is caused by foot-long worms (heartworms) that live in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels of affected pets, causing severe lung disease, heart failure and damage to other organs in the body. Heartworm disease affects dogs, cats, and ferrets, but heartworms also live in other mammal species, including wolves, coyotes, foxes, sea lions and—in rare instances—humans. Because wild species such as foxes and coyotes live in proximity to many urban areas, they are considered important carriers of the disease.
Dogs. The dog is a natural host for heartworms, which means that heartworms that live inside the dog mature into adults, mate and produce offspring. If untreated, their numbers can increase, and dogs have been known to harbor several hundred worms in their bodies. Heartworm disease causes lasting damage to the heart, lungs, and arteries, and can affect the dog’s health and quality of life long after the parasites are gone. For this reason, prevention is by far the best option, and treatment—when needed—should be administered as early in the course of the disease as possible.
Cats. Heartworm disease in cats is very different from heartworm disease in dogs. The cat is an atypical host for heartworms, and most worms in cats do not survive to the adult stage. Cats with adult heartworms typically have just one to three worms, and many cats affected by heartworms have no adult worms. While this means heartworm disease often goes undiagnosed in cats, it’s important to understand that even immature worms cause real damage in the form of a condition is known as heartworm-associated respiratory disease (HARD). Moreover, the medication used to treat heartworm infections in dogs cannot be used in cats, so prevention is the only means of protecting cats from the effects of HARD.
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 .
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!
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.
Mouse and Rat Poisons (rodenticides)
Vitamins and Minerals (e.g., Vitamin D3, iron, etc.)