As we continue to experience challenges and disruptions in our daily lives due to COVID-19, we wanted to keep you informed of possible delays in services and employee status currently at Takoma Park Animal Clinic.
First, we have not received any reports from our staff regarding any exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19). We have required all staff, visitors, and other stakeholders to wear a mask at all times while on the premises (inside or outside). We also require that staff and visitors sanitize their hands at the entrance and keep 6 ft distance from each other. Our goal is to provide a safe & healthy environment for our staff, clients, and all stakeholders.
Secondly, we are also making every effort to ensure we can continue to serve you and your companion during the pandemic. At this point, we have decided to adjust our operating hours given the final decision of the District of Columbia, Montgomery County, and Prince George’s Public School Board of Education’s decisions about student’s virtual learning from home. This decision has impacted many parents/guardians in our area and our staff isn’t exempt. See temporary hours below. In addition, only clients requiring euthanasia services will be allowed into the clinic at this time. Please note that we are providing curbside service and telemedicine as an alternative.
Lastly, we will continue to keep you informed of any further updates as we all maneuver through this new “norm” journey. We thank you in advance for your continued understanding and support as we strive to meet the needs of all stakeholders involved. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but please know that the decision was not easy; yet, for the best. We hope that you and your family are keeping safe. Thank you for allowing Takoma Park Animal Clinic to care for your veterinary needs.
Sunday: 9am to 1pm
Mon & Wed: 8am to 5pm
Tues, Thurs, Fri: 9am to 5pm
Saturday: 9am to 2pm
Pets experience pain for a variety of reasons. They can experience pain due to injury, illness, or while recovering from a surgical procedure. One of the most common causes of pain in pets is arthritis, which often develops and worsens as a pet ages. Regardless of the reason for your pet’s pain, our experienced veterinarians at Takoma Park Animal Clinic will work with you to find a safe and effective pain management plan for your pet.
How to Recognize When Your Pet Is in Pain
It can be difficult to determine when a pet is in pain because, in an attempt to protect themselves, cats and dogs instinctively mask signs of illness and injury. As a result, it’s up to pet owners to pay close attention to their pet’s appearance and behavior to detect the slight changes that could indicate pain.
If you notice any of the following, your pet might be in pain:
Excessive vocalization or whimpering
Limping or limb favoring
Swollen joints or limbs
Difficulty getting up or down
Not wanting to be touched
Withdrawing from the family
Ears flat against the head
Persistent licking or biting
General personality changes
You know your pet best. If you observe any unusual or unexplained changes in your pet’s behavior or appearance, it could indicate illness or pain, and you should schedule a veterinary appointment right away.
Pain Management Services at Takoma Park Animal Clinic
Depending on your pet’s condition and general health, we can prescribe a variety of pain medications including pet-safe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), steroids, and other pain medications. For some pets, these provide adequate pain management. Others require alternative long-term strategies.
Nutritional Supplements and Prescription Diets
Pets experiencing pain related to osteoarthritis often experience relief with a regimen of nutritional supplements and/or dietary changes that promote healthy joints.
Cold Laser Therapy
Cold laser therapy is an amazingly safe and effective pain management strategy for pets that suffer from arthritis, are recovering from surgery, or are healing after an injury.
Safe, Personalized Pain Management Plans for Takoma Park Pets
Every pet is different, and each pet’s pain management plan usually differs, too. Our veterinarians will perform a complete physical examination and run diagnostic tests (typically blood work and imaging) to determine the course of treatment that will be safest and most effective for your pet.
To learn more about the pain management services available for pets at Takoma Park Animal Clinic or to schedule an appointment, we welcome you to contact us today.