South Meadow Animal Clinic Answers Your Frequently Asked Questions
What do I do if I think my pet has been poisoned or ingested a toxic substance?
First, assess your pet’s condition and remove them from the dangerous substance. If they’re having trouble breathing, are unconscious, having seizures, or bleeding, take them to an emergency veterinarian immediately.
If they seem to be acting normal, gather the evidence (leftover packaging or pills), and call your veterinarian and/or contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.
Who do I contact if my pet is having an emergency?
If your pet is having an emergency any time or any day, we refer our patients to Fort Worth Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Hospital at (817) 263-2900.
Their facilities are fully equipped to provide your pet with the best possible critical care, and their veterinarians are highly experienced in handling all kinds of veterinary emergencies.
Is my pet having an emergency?
Seek emergency veterinary care if your pet experiences any of the following signs or symptoms:
Protracted vomiting and/or diarrhea
No bowel movements or difficulty urinating
Difficulty breathing or persistent coughing
Trauma or injury
Poison or toxin ingestion
Confusion, disorientation, or non-responsiveness
Fainting or collapse
No eating or drinking
If you are uncertain whether your pet requires immediate care, we welcome you to contact our office or the emergency veterinary hospital listed above.
Is my pet's arthritis treatable and how?
Arthritis is a chronic disease, which means it cannot be cured. Although arthritis cannot be cured, there are several approaches available to managing arthritis in pets, slowing its progression, and alleviating its symptoms.
Treatments include a variety of medications (oral and injectable), cold laser therapy, weight management, nutritional supplements, prescription diets, and orthopedic surgery.
Treatment plans for managing arthritis vary from pet to pet, depending on the pet’s condition, the severity of symptoms, and more.
Could my pet have arthritis and what are the common signs of arthritis?
Signs and symptoms of arthritis in pets include:
Swelling around the joints
Difficulty getting up or laying down
Trouble jumping up onto the sofa or bed
Decreased range of motion
Limping or limb favoring
If you think your pet might be suffering from arthritis or experience any kind of pain, schedule an appointment right away.
What is an ear crop?
Ear cropping (cosmetic otoplasty) is a surgical procedure that removes part or all of a puppy’s auricles or pinnae, which are the external, visible flap of the ears.
What dog breeds commonly get ear crop procedures?
American Staffordshire Terrier
What is anxiety-free pet care?
Anxiety-free veterinary care pairs calming techniques with a low-anxiety environment to make veterinary appointments easier on everyone.
At South Meadow Animal Clinic, we are dedicated to providing the highest level of veterinary medicine along with friendly, compassionate service. We treat every patient as if they are our own pet, and give them the same loving attention and care.