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.
One of the most common conditions that our pets can develop is called osteoarthritis, otherwise known as arthritis. Various factors can contribute to this condition. Commonly, it comes with age, as it does with humans. However, it can arise from old injuries, genetics and obesity as well. Arthritis is a general term for abnormal changes in the joint. Upon examination, your veterinarian will likely manipulate the affected joint listening and feeling for cracking, grating and thickening along with a decreased range of motion. Radiographs are best to diagnose arthritis as x-rays allow us to see any visible changes in the joint. Signs your pet may be experiencing arthritis are as followed:
Intermittent limping/stiffness (especially after vigorous exercise and prolonged periods of rest)
Difficulty moving (can be reluctant to do things that were previously easy to accomplish, such as jumping in the car or going downstairs)
Licking/Chewing at the joint (often indicative of pain which can leave to inflamed skin and/or hair loss over time)
Fatigue (lack of interest in activity, tires more easily)
Behavioural Changes (withdraw from touch, aggression, irritability)
Signs can be more difficult in cats as they are very stoic animals. They often get less active.
As there is no cure for osteoarthritis, the primary goal is to control and increase the movement and function of the joint. Ultimately, we are trying to slow the progression of the disease. There are many supportive treatments such as:
Physical therapy (exercises, swimming, massage)
Joint Supplements (oral or injections)
Therapeutic diets (balanced diets with added nutraceuticals specific to mobility)
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (long-term use of NSAIDs requires bloodwork every six months to ensure no negative impact on liver and kidneys)
Keeping a lean weight (takes added stress off joints)
If you are noticing any signs or have any further questions about treatment and support options, please feel free to contact us anytime!
How do I know if my dog's problem is due to separation anxiety?
Separation anxiety describes dogs that usually are overly attached or dependent on family members. They become extremely anxious and show distress behaviours such as vocalization, destruction, or house soiling when separated from the owners.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some 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 905.857.5057. 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: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Tuesday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm - Wednesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm - Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 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 North Hill Animal Hospital