Veterinary Blog by River Bridge Animal Hospital

September is Animal Pain Awareness Month and 20% OFF Dental Specials

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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
  • 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 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.

August 2019 Special

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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.

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.

July is Arthritis Awareness Month

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July is Arthritis Awareness Month

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!

Schedule an Appointment

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

This month, we are offering a special discount on soothing treatments for your dog or cat.

Some of the biological effects of therapeutic lasers:

  • Accelerated Tissue Repair And Cell Growth
  • Faster Wound Healing
  • Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation
  • Anti-Inflammation
  • Anti-Pain (Analgesic)
  • Improved Vascular Activity
  • Increased Metabolic Activity
  • Improved Nerve Function
  • Immunoregulation
  • Trigger Points and Acupuncture Points

June Special

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Hurricane, thunderstorm and fireworks season is here.

Microchipping saves lives!  

$29 Microchips, 

includes registration. 

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.

May is Allergy Awareness Month

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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.
Dog Allergies
Dermatitis (skin irritation) is the most common symptom for dogs with allergies.
  1. Intense itching and scratching (pruritis)
  2. Feet licking and chewing
  3. Face rubbing
  4. Hair loss
  5. Rash, skin abscesses and infection
Cat Allergies
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.
  1. Feline acne, eosinophilic plaques or granulomas
  2. Respiratory conditions including asthma, sneezing, nasal discharge, and watery eyes
  3. Gastritis, vomiting, and diarrhea

April is National Heartworm Awareness Month

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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 .


March Spa Month & Poison Prevention

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(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


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.



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 (Found in many candies, this may be a low-calorie sweetener to you, but it causes hypoglycemia, liver failure or even death in dogs)
  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
According to Pet Poison Helpline, pets are more likely to ingest NSAID pain relievers than any other dangerous drug. Be sure to keep these medications out of reach!

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.


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

January is National Walk Your Pet Month!

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National Walk Your Pet MonthStart your New Year off on the Right Foot!

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.


Being Proactive with Health Risks on Walks

Worms in dogs can pose a health risk to your favorite pet. Treating and controlling worms is the best defense for your dog against these dangerous pests Hookworms, roundworms, whipworms and tapeworms (T. pisiformisE. multilocularis E. granulosus and D. caninum) live in your dog’s body and grow to adulthood in the intestinal tract. That’s why broad-spectrum protection is important to help keep your dog healthy.
If your dog has intestinal worms, the parasitic infection could cause:
  1. Weight loss
  2. Diarrhea
  3. Dehydration
  4. Anemia
  5. Blood loss
  6. Inflammation of large intestine
  7. Coughing
  8. Even death, if left untreated
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.


25% Off Laser Therapy for the Month of December!

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In the spirit of giving, we’re offering you and your furry family members 25% off of our Laser Therapy treatment during the month of December!

The most common Laser Therapy indications are:
  1. Acute or chronic otitis (Ear problems)
  2. Anal Gland inflammation
  3. Arthritis (Degenerative Joint Disease)
  4. Back Pain (Intervertebral Disc Disease)
  5. Hot Spots
  6. Idiopathic Cystitis – (Bladder Inflammation)
  7. Inflammatory Conditions:
  8. Lick Granulomas
  9. Periodontitis (Gingivitis)
  10. Sinusitis, Rhinitis (Nasal problems)
  11. Surgery (Incisions, Growth Removals, Bone Surgery)
  12. Trauma (Skin, Muscle, Bone)
  13. 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.