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.
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.
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