Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
Certain ailments seem to ebb and flow in a veterinary hospital. Right now we are seeing an increase in skin/ear issues as well as urinary issues in both dogs & cats. Skin & ear issues – Classic & common signs that your pet may be suffering from an ear or skin infection are as follows:
Red/pinker than normal skin
Head shaking or rubbing against objects
Unfamiliar and/or bad smell emanating from the ears or skin
Open sores or scabs on the skin.
A common risk we often see of leaving an ear infection untreated is an Aural Hematoma. This is a broken blood vessel that develops within the ear flap and is caused by aggressive scratching or head shaking. Medical attention is necessary to drain the hematoma and administer medication. A cheap and simple ear infection treatment has now become a more costly outpatient surgical procedure (which is not always successful the first time. Hematomas often fill up again which requires repeat draining) Skin (yeast and/or bacterial) infections go from bad to worse very quickly. A simple, short course of Antibiotics can easily turn into WEEKS of treatment, many hospital follow-ups and unnecessary discomfort for your pet.
It’s super important to have skin and ears checked immediately if you suspect an infection may be brewing. Ear and skin infections do NOT clear up on their own.
Urinary Issues – Classic signs that your pet may be suffering from a Urinary infection are as follows:
Inappropriate urination (housebroken dog suddenly starts urinating indoors or kitty starts urinating outside of the litter box)
Blood in Urine
Straining to urinate or inability to urinate at all
Urinating smaller than normal amounts or drops
Licking at the genital area
The risk of leaving a Urinary tract infection untreated can be very deadly. What may begin as a simple infection in the urinary tract can progress to a bladder infection and then on to a kidney infection at which point the infection enters the bloodstream, and the pet becomes Septic. This is life-threatening.
Also, a minor urinary tract infection CAN lead to a full urinary blockage. This is caused by the white blood cells and/or crystals forming an obstruction/plug within the urinary tract itself which makes the pet unable to urinate at all. This is obviously an emergency situation since the bladder will only expand so much and inevitably rupture. Not only would this be excruciatingly painful for the pet but it would end with death. As soon as you suspect that your pet may have a Urinary infection, it’s critical that s/he receive medical attention immediately. Urinary issues will NOT resolve on their own.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 4, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call 506.382.0061. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm Wednesday and Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm Sunday: CLOSED
NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Mountain Road Animal Hospital