As colder weather sets in, our pets may feel it in their joints too. According to the Arthritis Foundation 1 in 5 dogs in the United States is estimated to have arthritis. So what is arthritis? Arthritis is a chronic, degenerative disease of the joints which occurs when the cartilage of the joint is damaged by trauma or injury, wear and tear, or congenital abnormalities such as hip dysplasia. Signs that your pet may be suffering from arthritis include: Reluctance to take walks of usual length Decreased interest in play Stiffness, which may disappear as pet “warms up” Difficulty climbing stairs, getting into the vehicle, or jumping on the bed or other furniture Difficulty rising from rest Limping or abnormal gait or posture Licking a single joint Acting withdrawn and spending less time with the family Soreness to touch, which can in some instances lead to aggression Decreased range of motion “Slowing down” If your pet is exhibiting any of the above signs, they may be suffering from arthritis. While there is not a cure for arthritis, there are many treatment options aimed at preventing the disease from progressing and minimizing the impact of the changes that have already occurred. In other words, we want to help keep your pet comfortable and acting […]Read Post
Online pharmacies are cropping up all over the place, and the FDA is warning consumers that it’s buyer beware. According to the recent report in the Huffington Post, buyers are “likely to get fake drugs that are contaminated, are past their expiration date or contain no active ingredient, the wrong amount of active ingredient or even toxic substances such as arsenic and rat poison.” The report went on to say that only 3% of online pharmacies actually follow state and federal laws. The concern is safety. Wrong ingredients could interact with other medications, cause reactions, or in the case of toxic ingredients, can kill. Inactive ingredients, expired ingredients, or wrong doseage amounts can cause overdoses which can be fatal, or may cause your pet to be deemed “resistent” to a medication, causing the veterinarian to pick a more potent medication that may have more side effects or may be more expensive. Heritage Animal Hospital maintains a well stocked in house pharmacy that contains the medications we use and recommend. A licensed doctor reviews the medical chart for other medications or possible interactions, and calculates a dose based on a physical examination and laboratory testing. We know your pet, and we want to help keep them healthy. So while you may be able to find […]Read Post
September signifies a number of things to various people. To some it means back to school. To others it means the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. To us at Heritage Animal Hospital, it means it’s parade time! We participate in a number of local community parades and outreach programs. The two main events we have planned in September include the Osseo Lion’s Roar Parade Saturday, September 8th from 12 – 3 pm, and Plymouth on Parade Saturday September 29th from 11:30 am – 3 pm. Staff members, their pets, and clients/volunteers participate-if you and/or your pet is interested in joining us, please contact us (ask for Christy) The more the merrier! If you aren’t joining us, we hope to see you in the crowd. We’d love to see you there! Here are some fave pics of parades past:Read Post
Heritage Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinarian clinic that provides examinations, diagnostic services, dental care, surgical services, medicine, grooming and boarding services in Maple Grove, Minnesota. We are dedicated to providing the highest level of pet care possible and facilitating an environment where client communication and education are at the forefront of our practice.
12624 Base Lake Road
Maple Grove, MN 55369
Mon-Fri: 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Sat: 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.