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 a common and painful condition that can affect dogs of any age to varying degrees. However, dogs that are considered seniors (over the age of seven) are at a higher risk. It is often one of the first signs of ageing noticed by owners in their pets.
Arthritis can present itself as stiffness, decreased activity, irritability or aggression, limping and reluctance to jump or use stairs. Every dog is different, and pain can present itself in different ways.
What causes arthritis in dogs?
Many factors can contribute to arthritis, including, ligament injuries, deterioration of the cartilage in the joint, as well as hip dysplasia and others. These all cause swelling and inflammation in the joints of your dog that cause pain and decreased mobility.
What are some treatment options for arthritis in dogs?
Depending on the severity of arthritis, many different treatment options are available. If you are concerned that your pet may have arthritis, a consultation with one of our veterinarians can provide a specific treatment plan. This many include radiographs to diagnose the severity of the disease. Anti-inflammatory medication may be needed after running wellness bloodwork to ensure kidney and liver functions are working as they should. Joint supplements may be added to your pet’s treatment plan as well to help restore joint function.
Can I give my dog Aspirin?
Our medical staff never advises giving over the counter pain medication to your pet without discussing with your veterinarian first. These medications can be toxic to pets and may interfere with organ function.
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 Wednesday, March 18, 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 519.360.4508. 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.
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 8:30 am - 5:30 pm & Saturday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Merritt Location Only) and Sunday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm (Merritt Location Only). The Dresden location also remains open. Effective Wednesday, March 25, the Sydenham River location will be temporarily closed until further notice. Merritt and Dresden remain open for your pet care, food, and medication pick up needs.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 5-7 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 still accepting cash as payment. However, credit cards and debit card payments are preferred if possible.
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.