Valentine’s Day Makes 9 Years!

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What’s that you say? February 14, 2017 will mark the 9th anniversary of Foster Animal Clinic at Parkway Commons. For those of you that aren’t aware, our first satellite clinic is located just north of Charlotte Motor Speedway on Hwy 29, aka Concord Parkway. The exact address is 3805 Concord Parkway South, Suite 124. The clinic is in the Parkway Commons shopping center that houses the Walmart Neighborhood Market and Walgreens. There are a variety of other tenants and restaurants as well, many locally owned.

Foster Animal Clinic at Parkway Commons, FAC for short, is an outpatient clinic only. We provide Annual Wellness exams, vaccines, and treat minor ailments and illnesses. We have a pharmacy to dispense medications, heart worm prevention, flea/tick prevention, and Science Diet and Prescription Diet. All surgery, dental treatments, x-rays, etc. are sent to our main Hospital at 730 Concord Parkway North.

For those of you who prefer a less busy and quieter setting, FAC is the place for you. Many of our patients like FAC for those same reasons too! In fact, a lot of our cat-owning clients prefer this location for their feline babies. We try and use Tuesday afternoon from 3-6 pm as a “cat only” clinic.

So if you live in that area, stop by and say hi! Or better yet, give us a call and make an appointment for your fur baby!

704-262-7387 (PETS).

 

All the best,

Stephen E Foster, DVM, CCRT

Foster Animal Hospital, P.A.

Foster Animal Clinic at Parkway Commons

Paws In Motion Canine Rehabilitation Center

730 Concord Parkway North

Concord, NC 28027

704-786-0104

sfoster@fosteranimalhospital.com

“He Doesn’t Act Like He’s In Pain”

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“He doesn’t act like he’s in pain”.

That’s a common phrase we hear in our exam rooms or in conversations with clients that have older pets. We also hear, “she sleeps more because she’s old”, “he doesn’t go on walks as much because he’s old”, or “he’s gotten grumpier in his old age”.

While some of that may be true, reality is dogs and cats are masters at hiding chronic pain. Whether that goes back generations when there habitat was more outside and they needed more of a  survival instinct is up for debate. We do see different pain tolerances among different patients. But the average pet doesn’t show signs of chronic pain that we as humans feel would be typical signs.

So, sleeping more, walking less, being grumpy may well be “normal” signs of chronic pain for our pets.

Let’s look at what may be driving chronic pain and what we can do about it.

Arthritis is the most common cause of chronic pain in older pets. Arthritis can involve any joint, as well as, the spine. Arthritis is defined as the painful inflammation and stiffness of joints. Some pets develop arthritis from wear and tear over the years. Some pets will have arthritic joints from disease, such as, hip dysplasia. Some will have arthritis from injuries, for example, a torn cranial cruciate ligament. And there are other causes as well.

Chronic pain may result from other physical ailments: intervertebral disc disease, fibrotic muscle disease, or neuropathic pain.

The good news is, we have many ways to deal with chronic pain in your pet.

There are many different prescription medications that are available. The majority of the medicines are approved for dogs. There are some for cats but not as many. This is because cats are unable to tolerate many of these medications. Some of these drugs deal with inflammation and pain and some are for pain only. Sometimes, we will safely use a combination of these to help our patients feel and function better.

Neutraceuticals, supplements, and Chinese herbs are another way to relieve chronic pain. In fact, this is oftentimes the first line of defense. These supplements help nourish the joints and some have natural anti-inflammatory ability as well. There are a ton of these available but not all are reliable or effective. We suggest asking us for guidelines before starting any supplement.

Rehabilitation Therapy is a new and up-and-coming option for pets with chronic pain, injuries, and for post-op recovery. Rehab utilizes many of the same techniques that physical therapy does in humans. Manual therapy, massage, passive range of motion, and therapeutic exercises are often employed. We also use different modalities: underwater treadmill, LASER, land treadmill, and more. The response to therapy is remarkable and helps pets regain pain-free function. While many degenerative issues are not curable, Rehabilitation Therapy can decrease chronic pain, improve strength, improve neurological function, and promote healing. We even have access to acupuncture, platelet rich plasma, and stem cell therapy!

If any of this reminds you of your pet, contact us today!

Foster Animal Hospital and Paws In Motion Canine Rehabilitation Center: 704-786-0104

Foster Animal Clinic at Parkway Commons: 704-262-7387.

 

All the best,

Stephen E Foster, DVM, CCRT

Foster Animal Hospital, P.A.

Foster Animal Clinic at Parkway Commons

Paws In Motion Canine Rehabilitation Center

730 Concord Parkway North

Concord, NC 28027

704-786-0104

sfoster@fosteranimalhospital.com

 

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Grab Your Laptop and Let’s Get To The Source!

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I remember the first time I saw a drive-thru window at a pharmacy. I thought, “What a great idea”!
And then along came the internet. For many of us, the internet became a drive-thru window for consumers!

At our practice, the internet has provided us many opportunities. Opportunities to communicate with you through our website, email, social media, etc. And now another opportunity awaits you. The opportunity to purchase prescription medications, supplies, and diets through our new on-line store: VetSource Home Delivery.

By going to the homepage of our website and clicking the VetSource link, www.fosteranimalhospital.com, you will be able to browse, or shop if you will, for the medications and foods your fur babies need. And you will have the ability to buy from a source you trust: us!

Once you have selected the products you want, VetSource will ship these items directly to you. Any prescriptions items will be approved by us, just like any pharmacy. VetSource will even ship diets such as Hill’s Science Diet, Hill’s Prescription Diet, and Royal Canin directly to you at no charge! And to make it even better, VetSource has an auto-ship program where products (medications and diets) will arrive at your door, the same time each month, without you having to order each month. Many of us have trouble remembering to give that monthly heartworm prevention or flea and tick prevention. With the auto-ship program, VetSource remembers for you!

Have no fear, if you prefer getting your medications or food directly from Foster Animal Hospital or Foster Animal Clinic at Parkway Commons, you will still be able to do so. VetSource allows you to buy conveniently from your own home and have your purchase shipped directly to you with the same trust and confidence you have when buying here.

So grab your laptop and let’s get to the source. VetSource that is. What a great idea!

 

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