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.
Common symptoms you may see if your dog has developed arthritis including taking longer to get up from lying down, stiff movement of their limbs and lameness. Dogs with arthritis tend to not want to go for as long of a walk as they used to and may tire more easily. Stairs and jumping can often become more difficult for a dog with arthritis.
Typically, arthritis arises from wear and tear on your dog’s joints throughout their life. It often occurs more commonly in dogs who are overweight or who suffered from orthopedic injuries earlier on in life. Some larger breed dogs are predisposed as well.
What are some treatment options for arthritis in dogs?
Medications that provide pain control and reduce inflammation are the main treatment option for arthritis. At Seneca Animal Clinic, we also use multi-modal management of arthritis by encouraging weight loss, physiotherapy exercises as well as supplements for joints including Glucosamine and Omega 3 Fatty Acids.
Can I give my dog aspirin?
Dogs don’t tolerate aspirin well and the dose is different than it is for humans. We do not recommend giving this to your dog. If you think your dog is in pain, please call the clinic to schedule a time to see one of our doctors. They can help you with pain medication that is safer and less liable to cause side effects.
As your pet gets older, they need to get regular check-ups with your vet to make sure they are fit and healthy. Senior pets are more likely to have health issues, and monitoring with routine check-ups and bloodwork is a perfect way of keeping ahead of any illness.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 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 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 & Tuesday: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
- Wednesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Thursday: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
- Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 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!