Pain Management and Mobility Rehabilitation

Chronic pain is cruel. It strikes pets of any breed, at any age. Some pain such as that from a wound will subside with medication and in time as the body heals, but chronic pain will never be cured. Our pets often suffer in silence only showing symptoms of “slowing down” which is often misunderstood for normal aging. Pets will endure more pain than humans can withstand. The most common chronic pain we see in practice is arthritic pain caused by degenerative changes in bones and joints.  As owners, we need to be closely monitoring our pets so that we can implement a pain management program quickly.

The most common sign of pain is behavior changes such as:

  • Inappropriate elimination
  • Inappropriate vocalization
  • Aggression
  • Decreased interaction with family
  • Change in facial expression
  • Restlessness
  • Hiding
  • Flinching even with a gentle touch
  • Inability or unwillingness to perform routine activity
  • Lethargy and decreased appetite
  • Decreased grooming in cats

During our comprehensive exams, we will assess your pet’s pain by localizing the painful areas and use diagnostic labwork and imaging to develop a complete understanding of the pain. We will then work with you to develop a management program to improve your pet’s quality of life. We will use a combination of treatments to give us long lasting, successful pain control. We most often include:

  • Natural supplements to help repair bones, joints, and other tissues
  • Medications such as anti-inflammatories to reduce pain and swelling
  • Medications that decrease pain sensation or awareness
  • Specific mobility rehabilitation exercise programs designed for your pet
  • Massage therapy to improve circulation and decrease pain
  • Weight management and nutrition planning

Our goal is to keep your pet mobile as long as possible. Our Mobility Rehabilitation Programs allow you to leave your pet for a session several times a week so our staff can spend time helping your pet regain function through repetitive exercises using ball therapy, massage, ramp and stair exercises. Mobility Rehabilitation can also help with pets who have had recent injuries or surgery on their legs, hips and/or spine. We will improve healing with a program designed to improve muscle tone and joint strength at a faster rate.

Southern Hills Animal Hospital
3827 Hite St. SW
Roanoke, VA 24014-2377
540-343-4155
http://www.southernhillsanimalhospital.com/

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Man Spends Two Years Building Incredible Mini Mansion For His Dogs

This guy has just set a whole new expectation for how to properly spoil your dogs.

Aaron Franks has spent the last two years building a jaw-dropping mini mansion for his four pit bulls: Tessa, Bruno, Coupe, and Mia.

The little play-place consists of a tiny backyard pool, hanging ropes and chew toys, an array of luxurious cushions, and a deck to observe their magnificent canine kingdom. It even comes equipped with their very own garden and fire hydrant.

Franks says that he spent such a long time building the mansion due to financial reasons. Every month, he would go to the hardware store and buy the materials incrementally.

Until finally – despite having no blueprints to work from – his masterpiece was complete.

Southern Hills Animal Hospital
3827 Hite St. SW
Roanoke, VA 24014-2377
540-343-4155
http://www.southernhillsanimalhospital.com/

Signs Your Cat Needs Emergency Care

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You know your cat better than anyone else. The easiest answer as to whether you should seek emergency care for your cat is when you feel his or her medical condition is serious and cannot wait.

However, the following general situations should help you determine if you need to seek emergency care:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sudden onset abdominal swelling
  • Electric shock
  • Excessive vomiting or diarrhea
  • Bleeding
  • Exhibits symptoms of heat stroke
  • Seizures
  • Sudden onset of weakness or inability to walk
  • High or low temperature (more than 104 or less than 100 degrees)
  • Discomfort, straining or inability to urinate or defecate

Southern Hills Animal Hospital
3827 Hite St. SW
Roanoke, VA 24014-2377
540-343-4155
http://www.southernhillsanimalhospital.com/

Appointment Policy

To allow ample time for all patients and scheduled surgical procedures, we operate primarily by appointment. Emergency cases shall always receive top priority, which is why occasional appointment delay is inevitable. Please realize that we make a sincere attempt to see each client on time.

For your convenience, “drop-off” appointments are available. A drop-off means you could bring your pet at the time that works best for you and leave him/her with us for a few hours. Generally, we will schedule your drop-off time in the morning so our doctors can examine the patient in between appointments or at a time purposely reserved for admitted patients. At your scheduled drop-off time, there will be a brief exam and history performed by a technician in order for your pet to be admitted into the hospital.  Once the doctor has completed examinations, he or she will give you a call to go over the diagnosis and to give you discharge instructions or a specific time will be scheduled for you to speak with the doctor face-to-face.

Southern Hills Animal Hospital
3827 Hite St. SW
Roanoke, VA 24014-2377
540-343-4155
http://www.southernhillsanimalhospital.com/

Our Professional Staff

Our staff’s professionalism, dedication to service, and enthusiasm for excellence will make your visit a rewarding, unique experience. Our doctors are dedicated to educating our clients on the health care needs of their pets through every stage of life. Offering pediatric preventive care, maintenance adult care, and early intervention to senior health issues, we are here to help you navigate the daily advances in veterinary medicine so your pet is provided with optimal care. Our doctors and staff are continuously adding to their medical and surgical knowledge to help ensure your pet is given every medical opportunity and advantage.

Southern Hills Animal Hospital
3827 Hite St. SW
Roanoke, VA 24014-2377
540-343-4155
http://www.southernhillsanimalhospital.com/

Illness And Injuries Are Never Planned…

We know when illness or injury occurs it can be stressful and scary. Since we opened in 1994, we have been committed to being available to our clients when they need us the most. Whether your pet is facing a life threatening emergency or discomforted in any way, we are committed to seeing them as soon as possible so healing is not delayed. Our staff will work with you to find a convenient routine appointment time during the week including Saturday.  We also offer a convenient drop off service so you don’t have to wait until the end of your work day to get the care your pet may need earlier. Our doctors are committed to your pet and are willing to make arrangements with you to provide the care your pet deserves and may need quickly every night until 7pm. Our doctors are also available most weekends and holidays. During our urgent care appointments our doctors will do a thorough exam and provide you with options and estimates for diagnostics and treatments that your pet will need. We will work with your budget to allow you to be able to afford these unexpected expenses. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and Care Credit in addition to cash and check payments.

Southern Hills Animal Hospital
3827 Hite St. SW
Roanoke, VA 24014-2377
540-343-4155
http://www.southernhillsanimalhospital.com/

Pit Bull Elected as Town Mayor in Landslide Election

Now THIS is the kind of election that we can get behind.

A 3-year-old pit bull named Brynneth Pawltro has just been elected as the new mayor of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky in a landslide election of 3,300 votes.

Brynn reportedly managed to best several other candidates, including a donkey, a cat, and a chicken. Since this is the fourth dog in a row that Rabbit Hash has elected as mayor, she will be succeeding a border collie named Lucy Lou.

The town’s tradition for furry mayors first came about in the 90s when the residents agreed that they had no need for a mayor.

Instead, they decided to start electing animals in a truly representational democratic fashion.

Everyone in the town spends $1 to vote for the pawesome new mayor. Once the election is concluded, all of the money goes right back into the community.

This year in particular, the election funds will go towards rebuilding the town General Store, which burned down in an electrical fire.

Southern Hills Animal Hospital
3827 Hite St. SW
Roanoke, VA 24014-2377
540-343-4155
http://www.southernhillsanimalhospital.com/