In May we are offering 10% off Wellness Bloodwork

How do you know what’s really going on with your pet’s body?

 

Yearly bloodwork can take the mystery out of how healthy your pet is and is the only way to detect organ disease BEFORE your pet starts showing abnormal behavior. This is one of the most under used services we offer. So, this month, we are offering a discount!

 

 

Wellness Bloodwork Month: 10% off all Wellness Bloodwork

Package A (recommended for young animals: 1-5 yrs) –$74.95 →  $67.46

($7 dollar savings from in house labwork prices!!)

Package B (recommended for adult animals: 5-8 yrs) –$129.95 → $116.96

($80 dollar savings from in house labwork prices!!)

Package C (recommended for geriatric animals: 9-15 yrs) — $169.95→ $152.96

($139.29 savings from in house labwork prices!!)

Arthritis and Degenerative Joint Disease Treatments

For the Month of July, we are offering 10% off:

Dasuquin Advanced (joint supplement)

Dasuquin Advanced is an amazing joint supplement. It works by giving your dog or cat’s body what it needs to heal the cartilage in his or her joints. It comes in two formulations: tablets and chews. There is no difference in quality or efficacy between the two forms. There is no generic equivalent to this product.

Dasuquin Advanced contains ASU which scientifically proven to reverse cartilage damage and increase joint health. This type of break through with a holistic oral joint supplement has never happened in veterinary medicine before. This makes Dasuquin Advanced the most effective supplement on the market for dog with early arthritis (DJD).

Some of the other ingredients in Dasuquin Advanced, hyaluronic acid, MSM, and glucosamine, have a long history of improving joint health in patients. Evidence of this was seen with the efficacy of Dasuquin and Dasuquin with MSM increasing joint mobility, decreasing joint inflammation and lessening joint pain in many canine and feline patients treated with these products.

Find more information: http://www.dasuquin.com/en/dasuquin-advanced-soft-chews/

Dasuquin for Cats

For more information: http://www.dasuquin.com/en/products/#cat

Moviflex

Moviflex is a new joint supplement made specifically for dogs. It is made from egg shell membrane. It also contains Hyaluronic, vitamin D, and Boswellia serrata extract. This joint supplement works very well for patients with early joint disease. It is also great for dogs with food allergies. It contains no gluten, sugar, salt, or shellfish.

Find more information:  https://us.virbac.com/product/supplements/movoflex-soft-chews

NSAIDs and other pain medications for achy joints

Pain and inflammation are major factors in feline and canine arthritis. This pain becomes crippling in older patients. Running, stairs, and sometimes walking are painful. Patients become obese and this extra weight leads to further strain on the joints resulting in pain and inflammation. Keeping these patients strong and a good weight is a very important part of managing their arthritis.

NSAIDs are pain and fever reducing medications that decrease the inflammation in the joints. As a result, pain decreases, and patients are able to move more freely.

NSAIDs can have side effects such as liver disease and kidney disease in cats and dogs. In cats, these risks are too high. NSAIDs are used very, very rarely in them and only in extreme cases. NSAID use in dogs is relatively safe. We do have to monitor their kidney and liver values closely though. We do blood work before starting the NSAID. Then, we do it once every six months. This helps get the dog the pain relief it needs to be happy and healthy, and it maintains the health and safety of the patient.

Cold laser therapy (to decrease pain, reduce inflammation, and speed healing)

For more information: http://ivcjournal.com/laser-therapy-veterinary-medicine/

Adequan (to strengthen and rebuild the cartilage in the joint)

For more information on this therapy: https://www.adequancanine.us/

Joint/Mobility foods

Purina J/M: https://www.proplanveterinarydiets.com/products/jm-joint-mobility-dog/

Hill’s J/D: http://www.hillspet.com/en/us/products/pd-canine-jd-dry

Joint injections (Hyaluronic Acid)

For more information: http://veterinarynews.dvm360.com/surgery-stat-intra-articular-therapies-elbow-dogs

Anti-anxiety Medications for Cats

Solliquin for cats: Solliquin is a natural remedy for anxiety. It contains: L-theanine, Magnolia/Phellodendron, and Whey Protein Concentrate. L- theanine is naturally found in green tea. It’s role in controlling anxiety is to boost the production of brain waves that create relaxation.

For more information please visit: http://www.solliquin.com/

Feliway®: FELIWAY® Spray mimics feline facial pheromone, which every cat will recognize as comforting and calming. FELIWAY® is effective in reducing (or possibly eliminating) inappropriate urination and scratching. We see improvement in 7 days most of the time. FELIWAY® spray lasts 4-5 hours. Spray where the cat is marking using 8-10 sprays twice daily for 30 days. FELIWAY® is not a sedative, and it does not go systemic. It has no known contraindications or warnings. It is perfectly safe. Cats don’t want to scratch or spray where they detect the feline facial pheromone.

FELIWAY® MultiCat: FELIWAY® MultiCat is similar to the pheromone that appeases and encourages social bonding. It also comforts and calms. It’s main function is helping with cat conflicts and introducing new cats. It calms cats during social interactions. According to the makers of Feliway, “After using FELIWAY® MultiCat, 84% of cat owners saw their cats getting along significantly better.”. Improvement is seen within 21 days of use. FELIWAY® MultiCat is non-sedating and non-systemic. It has no known contraindications with any other treatment.

Prozac/Fluoxetine HCl:

This medication is the same as what is used in other species (humans, horses, etc). It is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) and acts as an antidepressant. Serotonin is a “feel good” hormone. It changes the brain chemistry in our patients to help them feel a strong sense of happiness and well-being.

Often, our veterinarians try to use these kinds of medications (Prozac and Alprazolam) after all other treatments have not worked. Before we can put your pet on this medication, it is recommended that we check bloodwork to make sure that your pet is systemically normal. Prozac is processed by the liver. So, any patients with liver compromise will not be allowed to use this medication. After beginning this medication, we recheck bloodwork every six months to make sure that the liver values and other blood work values remain normal.

Anti-anxiety Medications for Dogs

Solliquin is a natural remedy for anxiety. It contains: L-theanine, Magnolia/Phellodendron, and Whey Protein Concentrate. L- theanine is naturally found in green tea. It’s role in controlling anxiety is to boost the production of brain waves that create relaxation.

For more information please visit: http://www.solliquin.com/

Adaptil can be used inside or outside and for any length of time. It is a similar pheromone to the one that the mother releases after having puppies. It’s purpose is to make the puppies feel safe and secure. All dogs will recognize this pheromone no matter how old they are. It makes them calm down and can correct mild anxiety immediately upon the dogs exposure to the liquid. It comes in sprays, collars, and diffusers. It is great for puppies that cry at night, dogs afraid of loud noises, crated dogs, etc.

For more information please visit: http://www.adaptil.com/us/Adaptil

Thundershirt: Dog Anxiety Vest

Very easy solution to anxiety associated with thunderstorms, travel or separation from the owners. Simply, place the thundershirt like a little vest and “swaddle” your pet (cat or dog) to help them feel safe and secure during the agitating stimulus. No medication associated with this treatment just a feeling of security from a tightly fitted vest. For more     information please visit: http://www.thundershirt.com/

Prozac/Fluoxetine HCl:

This medication is the same as what is used in other species (humans, horses, etc). It is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) and acts as an antidepressant. Serotonin is a “feel good” hormone. It changes the brain chemistry in our patients to help them feel a strong sense of happiness and well-being.

Often, our veterinarians try to use these kinds of medications (Prozac and Alprazolam) after all other treatments have not worked. Before we can put your pet on this medication, it is recommended that we check bloodwork to make sure that your pet is systemically normal. Prozac is processed by the liver. So, any patients with liver compromise will not be allowed to use this medication. After beginning this medication, we recheck bloodwork every six months to make sure that the liver values and other blood work values remain normal.

Alprazolam/Xanax:

Alprazolam has been described as especially useful for storm phobias. It is most useful when used prior to a triggering event (e.g. thunderstorms, vet visits, car rides, etc). This medication works in more of a muscle relaxing, sedative way to reduce anxiety in our pets.

Often, our veterinarians try to use these kinds of medications (Prozac and Alprazolam) after all other treatments have not worked. Before we can put your pet on this medication, it is recommended that we check bloodwork to make sure that your pet is systemically normal. Prozac is processed by the liver. So, any patients with liver compromise will not be allowed to use this medication. After beginning this medication, we recheck bloodwork every six months to make sure that the liver values and other blood work values remain normal.

June: Freedom from Anxiety Month

June is….

Freedom from Anxiety Month

at Elkwood Animal Hospital.

Many of our canine patients experience anxiety on a daily basis. Thunderstorms, separation from owners, car rides, confinement (crated), other animals, people, and changes in the household can all be sources of anxiety for dogs. Luckily, we have many products that can help our furry friends fight their natural tendency to be afraid. In preparation for July 4th, we are offering a 10% discount on the following anti-anxiety medications: Solliquin, Adaptil, Thundershirt, Prozac, and Alprazolam.

Signs of Anxious Dogs:

Whimpering

Inappropriate urination

Barking/Howling

Chewing Up Your Belongings

Digging

Destroying walls, doors, baseboard, etc

Breeds of Dogs that Tend to Have Anxiety Issues:

Siberian Husky

Greyhound

German Short-haired pointer

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Bernese Mountain Dog

Great Pyrenees

Border Collie

Standard Poodle

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Cats experience anxiety too. Most of the time, this anxiety manifests itself in aggressive or very timid behavior. Anxious cats may growl, hiss, or swat at whatever is scaring them, or they may run and hide, be anti-social, and uncomfortable in their environment.

Another common problem is disagreement between cats in a multicat household. One cat in a household may want to be dominant and may chase or pick fights with the other cats creating a hostile and combative environment. None of these things are normal, and sometimes, herbal and medicinal remedies can reduce or completely eliminate some of these unwanted behaviors. In preparation for July 4th, we are offering a 10% discount on the following anti-anxiety medications:

Solliquin for cats

Feliway®

Feliway Multi-cat

Prozac

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