As our pets age, we need to provide them with additional love and support. This month we focus upon helping pets with arthritis. What is Arthritis? To begin, arthritis is the inflammation of the joints that is often manifested in decreased mobility due to pain, discomfort and stiffness. Over time, the joint cartilage (the cushion […]

Just like people, taking care of your pet’s teeth is essential for their comfort, happiness and long-term health. This month we review the importance and procedures to keep your pet’s teeth healthy. Importance of Healthy Teeth and Gums While the health of a pet is often viewed by their energy/activity level or desire to eat/drink, […]

This month we wanted to focus upon a relatively common situation among pets which could indicate a potential underlying health issue — diarrhea. What is Diarrhea? Diarrhea is best described as a disturbance in your pet’s gastrointestinal system — with material moving through your pet’s intestine at a faster rate resulting in decreased water, nutrients […]

When travel calls and your pet cannot accompany you or the family, what should you do? Finding a facility to board your pet is the topic of this month’s newsletter. Background Most of us enjoy spending time with our pets. Since the shelter-in-place mandate began, we have grown accustomed to spending more time with them […]

  As state and local guidelines change, please know that Kirkwood is vigilantly following and evaluating all COVID protocols recommended for a safe re-opening.   We would like to update you on our status for the upcoming weeks. We are extending our dog daycare appointment time slots to every half hour to accommodate COVID social distancing […]

Now that we’re in late spring, it’s time to be on the lookout for both fleas and ticks. While both are present in our area year-round, they are more active between March through June. Fleas Unfortunately, fleas are more than a nuisance for your pet as they present real health risks. Fleas can carry tapeworm […]

With the current shelter in place mandate, many of us have spent time online searching for medical information. This month’s newsletter shares the type of pet-related information that you can reliably trust, and when you should seek the experience and expertise from a veterinarian. The Need for Professional Diagnoses A great deal of formal training […]

Emergency Order Hours and Activities All of us at Kirkwood Animal Hospital are committed to doing our best in complying with the guidelines for minimizing COVID-19. During the mandated “Shelter in Place,” veterinary care is deemed an essential health service. Open for Emergencies, Sick and Injured Patients We are open during our normal hours of […]

With recent news and actions focused upon containing the corona virus in humans, we wanted to address any owner concerns regarding the impact that COVID-19 might have upon your pets. Background Current thinking and historically, the majority of viral epidemics are not readily transmitted from people to their dog or cat — and vice versa. […]

This month we wanted to focus upon a relatively common problem named a Urinary Tract Infection, or UTI. UTIs can be both painful and very harmful to your pet — and they require immediate identification and treatment. What is a UTI? A UTI is typically a bacterial infection that occurs within your pet’s lower urinary […]