Jul 07 2015

Snap, Crackle, & Pop


As a pet owner, there is nothing more satisfying than seeing your pet active & playful.  We love hearing all about their mischievous adventures and the fun you have with one another.  Sometimes, as pet’s age, they start to “slow down”.  Exercise becomes minimal and playtime nearly ceases.  This decreased activity level can actually be due to joint problems.

The first step is being able to recognize the signs of joint problems.  Most symptoms are behavioral changes and, as your pet’s best friend, YOU play a key role in detecting these.  Some signs include:


      • Stiffness when first getting up after resting for a period of time
      • Stiffness after vigorous activity
      • Reluctance to jump into the car or go down stairs
      • Lagging behind on walks or slow to rise
      • Licking or chewing at affected joints


      • Decreased grooming
      • Inability to jump as high as before
      • Increased or decreased sleep
      • Hiding

Joint problems can come about at nearly any age; as such, an excellent way to support them is with a joint supplement.  That’s right, we said supplement!  Pets that hunt, participate in competitions or any sort of rigorous training could benefit.  Other wonderful candidates would be pets with a previous injury, those who simply already have joint problems, or have gone through surgery.  Lastly, our beloved senior critters that are aging and going through the process of the natural degradation of the joint could certainly use a little support.

With all the choices of various supplements on the market, how do you know which one to choose?  Well, we would like to take the guesswork out of it for you and recommend Flexadin Advanced for dogs.  We think it’s pretty awesome.  It contains Omega-3 Fatty Acids to help with inflammation, Vitamin E to prevent cartilage degradation, and a unique form of Collagen that stops the inflammation process.  Not to mention, it’s a chewy treat!  For our four legged purring machines, we recommend GlycoFlex.

So you’re giving a supplement, what more can you do?  Did you know we offer in-clinic Laser therapy?  Our clinic uses a K-Laser that is pain free!  In fact, most of our patients can’t wait to come back through the door for their next treatment.  This form of therapy helps increase circulation which, in turn, draws water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area.  It also interacts with tissues on a cellular level, increasing cell function & health.  Overall, it creates the best healing environment and reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain.  We have had enormous success with the K-Laser.

Interested?  We hope you are!  Our ultimate goal is to help you give your pet the best quality of life … one more splash at Alum Creek, one more embarrassing Halloween get-up, one more lap around the block, and one more sloppy, wet kiss at a time.

As always, please feel free to call us with any questions you have.

-the team at VAC-

Jo Fleming RVT, CVPM | Uncategorized

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