Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Prevost Veterinary Clinic