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.
If you’ve been noticing that your dog doesn’t run to the front door when you ask him if he wants to go for a walk, or maybe he’s a lot slower getting down off your bed, or he has trouble rising into a standing position from the floor, he could be developing arthritis. Arthritis is mostly seen in senior pets.
There are a few red flags which can signal early stage arthritis;
• Back pain
• Tires easily
• Your dog has started limping or walking more carefully
• Can’t do some of the things he used to do, like jumping up into the car or easily going up and down the stairs.
What causes arthritis in dogs?
There are a couple of leading causes for arthritis. The first is known as Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD). It is a gradual loss of the cartilage cushion to the bones. Overtime as the cartilage wears away, the bones rub together causing pain.
The second is inflammatory joint disease, typically caused by fungal or bacterial infections or even genetic deficiencies that can attack the dog’s immune system.
What are some treatment options for arthritis in dogs?
There is no cure for canine arthritis, but there are effective treatments. Regular exercise, weight loss, introducing omega 3 fatty acids, glucosamine supplements or joint formula diets into your dog’s diet can be helpful. Also, the use of pain meds ~ NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory) medications may help make your dog more comfortable and live pain-free.
Can I give my dog Aspirin?
Always ask your veterinarian before giving any type of medication or supplement to your dog.
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, heartworm testing, 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. NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
5. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Crossroads Animal Hospital