We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.
Arthritis is common in senior pets, and can significantly impact their quality of life. Large breed dogs are especially prone to joint pain since they carry much more weight. It is therefore important to recognize the signs of joint pain so medications or supplements can be initiated before significant disease develops.
Stiffness and pain are two of the main clinical signs your pet may have arthritis. Reluctance to go on walks or difficulty standing up are also things you may notice at home.
What causes arthritis in dogs?
Degenerative joint disease most often develops due to abnormal wear on the cartilage which protects the bone surface. This wear occurs more quickly in joints with abnormal instability (due to ligament injury), excessive weight, trauma, or bone incongruities. As the cartilage wears down, the bone surfaces rub against each other, causing reactive bone spurs to develop. It eventually results in inflammation within the joint, decreased range of motion, and increased pain.
What are some treatment options for arthritis in dogs?
There are a wide variety of joint supplements to help senior pets with arthritis. These supplements help to decrease inflammation as well as provide the nutrients needed for increased joint health. Many of these supplements are sold over the counter, but an exam is recommended to ensure you’re treating correctly. Your vet may choose to start your dog on prescription anti-inflammatories or regular injections to help with the pain.
Can I give my dog Aspirin?
We do not recommend giving your dog aspirin. It can result in an increased risk of bleeding. It is best to contact your vet clinic for a more appropriate medication for your pet.
Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.
The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 30, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 250.715.5143. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm. Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
7. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.
Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.
- Your dedicated team at Prevost Veterinary Clinic