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Bones, Muscles and Joints

Keep your pet moving and grooving this Spring — 
Schedule their yearly checkup today!

Musculoskeletal diseases (conditions that involve bones, muscles and joints) can affect pets of all ages. They can have aches and pains like we do. But sometimes these diseases are hard to spot. Think about your furry friend for a moment…

Have they stopped jumping on you when they greet you at the door?

Have they stopped perching on the window sill?

Is your pet acting “old?”

These changes in activity may be due to weather, age or good training. However, to guarantee your pet is at their best, we have to rule out they don’t have a hidden musculoskeletal problem. Infections, hormonal imbalances, nutrition, blood disorders and arthritis can all affect your pet’s activity—the way they play, move, eat and cuddle!

The good news is we have ways to prevent, cure or manage these conditions, so your pet can continue to have a good quality of life. We are committed to the well-being of your pet for their lifetime. The best way to do this is to book your pet’s yearly checkup today.

Contact Us for an appointment at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic and together, we’ll keep your pet’s bones, muscles and joints (and the rest of your furry friend) in good working order!

Bonus reading:

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J/D Prescription Diet for joint health

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From anxiety issues to urinary tract infections, we’ve got natural nutritional supplements for pets that can reduce reliance on pharmaceuticals and help your pet feel better.

At Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, our line-up of nutritional supplements supports dog and cat health in these areas: liver, gastrointestinal tract, joints, urinary tract, skin, and emotional health.

Our favorite nutritional supplements for pets include Cranberry Plus, Dasuquin, Denamarin (not shown), Free Form Snip Tips, Solliquin, Vetri DMG, and Vetri Mega Probiotic.

Nutritional supplements often are used alongside traditional medications and other supportive treatment. At Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, we use supplements to promote good health and reduce symptoms and lessen the chance of recurrence of certain medical problems.

Always consult your pet’s veterinarian before starting your pet on a nutritional supplement. Unless directed otherwise, stick to supplements specially formulated for pets (skip the human products).

Nutritional supplements can enhance your pet’s health, but often are not sufficient to treat or cure a particular disease or disorder. Be sure to partner with your pet’s veterinarian to determine if a nutritional supplement can help your dog or cat.

Contact Us to schedule an appointment at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic to discuss your pet’s health today.

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This article is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder and is not a substitute for veterinary care or a client-doctor-patient relationship.

Always check with your pet’s doctor before adding any supplement to your pet’s diet.

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Cats are notorious at hiding pain. The little troupers just keep going until they can’t go anymore. But you can spot pain in your elusive cat and bring it to your veterinarian’s attention.

Look for these telltale signs of pain in your cat:

  • Your cat is hiding more often 
  • Your cat does not jump up on counters, beds, or other furniture anymore
  • Your cat avoids using the litterbox
  • Your cat shows a decrease in appetite
  • Your cat does not groom itself and it may not let you groom it, either
  • Your cat is grouchy; it may even turn to bite you if you touch it on the back
  • Your cat may flatten its ears back
  • Your cat may sit in a crouched or hunched position

The signs listed above may signal arthritis pain or some other problem, so a trip to the doctor is called for.

Less-stress tips on getting your cat to the vet’s office. 

If the doctor suspects arthritis, he may recommend supplementing your cat’s diet with fish oil capsules, which contain natural anti-inflammatory properties, or glucosamine-chondroitin tablets, which help bolster cartilage in the joints. In either case, your pet’s doctor will choose a product that is designed to work with a pet’s unique physiology, which is different from a human’s.

If your cat is exhibiting any of the signs listed above, Contact Us to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.

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Many owners of aging pets want to know whether their pet might be suffering from arthritis, a degenerative joint disease that is treatable in its early stages.

Take note of whether your pet does any of the following*:

  • Tire easily
  • Lag behind during walks
  • Limp or appear stiff after exercise
  • Act reluctant to climb stairs or jump up
  • Exhibit difficulty rising from a resting position
  • Prefer lying to sitting or standing
  • Exhibit difficulty bending to reach its food and water dishes
  • Collapse or exhibit shaky legs
  • Break housetraining
  • Suddenly stop using the litterbox (cats)

Now consider:

  • Have you noticed changes in your pet’s behavior?
  • Has your pet been injured in the past?
  • Has your pet been diagnosed with elbow or hip dysplasia?

Answering “yes” to any of these questions should prompt a visit to your veterinarian to have your pet evaluated for arthritis.

Treatment may consist of targeted pain medication, cartilage-boosting nutritional supplements or joint health diets, and physical therapy.

The sooner treatment is begun, the sooner a pet’s pain can be managed. Arthritis becomes more severe if left untreated — and more difficult to treat in the later stages. For instance, once cartilage has completely eroded from a joint, it will not return.

If you suspect your pet is having pain or difficulty moving due to arthritis, Contact Us to schedule an examination and consultation today.

*Keep in mind that some symptoms of arthritis mimic those of other diseases. This list is not comprehensive and is not meant to diagnose your pet.

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Is this rainy weather getting to your arthritic pet? Perhaps ol’ Sparky needs a little extra help re-building cartilage in his joints. Now is a great time to get your cat or dog started on Dasuquin.* 

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Dasuquin is a joint health supplement that uses avocado and soybean ingredients to unify the action of glucosamine and chondroitin, making them work better together for your pet.

Remember: the best time to start a joint supplement program is while cartilage still exists within the joint. All glucosamine/chondroitin supplements require a foundation of cartilage to build on.

Right now, you can receive a $4 rebate on 84 ct. Dasuquin for dogs or cats, when you purchase Dasuquin at our clinic. And each household can receive up to 12 rebates per year.

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Get your rebate now!

Need a little nudge? Dasuquin comes with a money-back guarantee, so you can try it out on your pickiest eater!

*Check with your pet’s doctor first. Glucosamine is not recommended for all pets.

 

 

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   Dasuquin is our go-to joint supplement for dogs and cats that are suffering from arthritis or are prone to joint health issues.  Unlike other products on the market, Dasuquin combines glucosamine and chondroitin with avocado/soybean unsaponifiables* (ASU).  ASU supports joint function and slows cartilage loss, giving Dasuquin an advantage over glucosamine/chondroitin-only products.

   Now, we could rave about the levels of cartilage-building glucosamine and chondroitin in Dasuquin, or its safety when used with prescription medications, or even the Dasuquin for Cats added benefit of supporting bladder health. 

   But it’s our clients’ feedback that we’re most impressed with.  We’re hearing that pets taking Dasuquin on a regular basis are more active and are walking and jumping better.  Some clients have even been able to reduce or discontinue their pet’s pain medication, in favor of this no-drug supplement.

  Bonus:  Be sure to visit the links above to claim your $2 Dasuquin rebate.

The key to using Dasuquin successfully is to start while cartilage is still present in the joints.  Once the cartilage is gone, no amount of supplement will bring it back.  Don’t wait until your pet is unable to walk, to begin a supplement. 

   Ask about Dasuquin if your pet is exhibiting these signs:

  • stiff walking gait, especially after sleeping;
  • difficulty or reluctance using stairs or jumping into the car;
  • less enthusiasm for walks and exercise;
  • difficulty rising from a reclining or sitting position.

Need a little nudge? Dasuquin comes with a money-back guarantee, so you can try it out on your pickiest eater!

*Unsaponifiable:  a word used to describe fats which cannot be converted into soap.
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Nation’s Largest Pet Insurer Reveals Most Common Causes of Veterinary Visits

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Brea, Calif. (April 2, 2013) – Just like their human counterparts, when pets are afflicted with even seemingly minor ailments such as an ear infection, stomach ache or cough, it can prompt a visit to the doctor. While the majority of these conditions are rarely life threatening, they can become chronic and expensive to treat. Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI) policyholders spent more than $58 million in 2012 treating the 10 most common medical conditions affecting their pets. VPI, the nation’s oldest and largest provider of pet health insurance, recently sorted its database of more than 485,000 insured pets to determine the top 10 dog and cat medical conditions in 2012. Below are the results:

 

Top Dog Conditions  Top Cat Conditions
1. Skin Allergies 1. Bladder Infection
2. Ear Infection 2. Periodontitis/Dental Disease
3. Skin Infection 3. Overactive Thyroid
4. Non-Canerous Skin Growth 4. Chronic Kidney Disease
5. Upset Stomach/Vomiting 5. Upset Stomach/Vomiting
6. Arthritis 6. Diabetes
7. Intestinal Upset/Diarrhea 7. Intestinal Upset/Diarrhea
8. Bladder Infection 8. Skin Allergies
9. Periodontitis/Dental Disease 9. Lymphosarcoma (Cancer of Lymph Node
10. Bruise or Contusion 10. Upper Respiratory Infection

 Compare this list with the Top Ten Medical Claims of 2010 and Top Ten Medical Claims of 2011.

“Although a few of the top 10 dog and cat conditions can be associated with an animal’s natural aging process, many of the conditions listed above can occur in any pet,” said Dr. Carol McConnell, DVM, MBA, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for VPI. “Regardless of the age or breed of the dog or cat, pet owners should familiarize themselves with their pets’ daily routine in order to identify abnormal behaviors that might indicate an injury or illness.”

In 2012, VPI received more than 68,000 canine claims for skin allergies, the most common cause for taking a dog to see a veterinarian. The average claim fee was $96 per office visit. For cats, a bladder infection was the most common reason to take your kitty to the veterinarian. VPI received more than 4,000 medical claims for this ailment – with an average claim amount of $251 per office visit.

The most expensive canine condition on the list (arthritis) cost an average of $258 per visit, while, for cats, the most expensive condition (lymphosarcoma) cost an average of $415 per visit. In addition to familiarizing themselves with their pets’ routine and behavior, pet owners should schedule their pets’ semiannual veterinary examinations on a regular basis to help prevent and identify certain conditions before they become serious or costly.

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