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.
Older cats and dogs, like older humans, are at risk for aged related arthritic changes. It is estimated that up to 90% of older cats and dogs have arthritic changes that are apparent on x-ray. These changes can come on gradually. Slow enough that we might not even notice until one day our dog refuses to walk up the stairs or our cat hesitates to jump into his cat tree. A complete physical exam is done when we start to notice such behaviours. X-rays can assist in this diagnosis. Once we have a diagnosis of osteoarthritis (OA) in our pet what steps can we take to provide them with relief?
Prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are often prescribed. Veterinarian administered Cartophen injections work to correct the underlying metabolism of OA. There are many other approaches that can be taken such as physiotherapy and acupuncture. These can provide great relief for our pets, but there are other steps that can be taken instead of or in addition to these treatments.
Nutrition can provide some relief to our furry friends in the form of mobility formulations. Most major food companies have at least one joint/mobility diet in their line. These diets are formulated with therapeutic levels of supplements such as omega fatty acids and glucosamine. The role of these supplements is to reduce inflammation in the body, thereby reducing pain.
These diets are often also calorie controlled to support healthy weight loss. Excess weight will create more stress on already achy joints. Weight loss combined with therapeutic diets and pharmaceuticals, if indicated, can all work to help make our pets more comfortable in their older years. Speak to our vets about an integrated approach that is right for you and your pet.
If you have any questions, give us a call at 902.225.7543.
Many people don’t realize that onions and garlic are toxic to pets. It is so sparsely known that garlic powder is actually a dangerously common ingredient in some homemade dog treat recipes found online. They are also very common ingredients in many different dishes that we humans love to make, so we need to be extra careful to not allow our pets to ingest anything containing these ingredients. No more licking the plate for Fido and Fluffy!
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 902-225-7543. We will bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets only. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. With dramatically increased demand and dwindling supply, combined with supplier purchase limitations, we are experiencing unprecedented difficulties in obtaining many pet foods. Although we remain in stock of many of your favourite foods, and continue to order our daily maximum allocation, we regret that we are forced to temporarily suspend special orders. Please continue to call us and we will do our best to fill your needs with food we have in stock, but we can no longer guarantee supply on all brands. We are monitoring this situation daily and will advise when this situation has eased. At this time most drugs and over the counter products remain unaffected.
For food and prescription pick ups, please call us to prepay and advise us by phone when you arrive at the hospital to pick up. We will meet you at the front of the building to deliver your order. We do also have our online store available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the Online Store button.
4. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
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.
Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these 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 4 Paws 24 Hour Veterinary Hospital