Abilene's Pet Vet

Search Our Entire Site!

Windmill Animal Hospital is on Facebook!   
Google+    Windmill Animal Hospital is on You-Tube!
Abilene Vet
Windmill - Abilene's Premier Vet

Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Sign up for Email Pet Care Specials
Enter Email Address

Client Forms

Abilene's Vets

Abilene Vets

Abilene's Vets

Abilene's Pet Shippers

"After having my pets cared for by Dr. Price in Houston, DFW area, and now Abilene, I have to say she offers the Best Pet Care Anywhere!"

J. Kelly M. - Houston (Email Review)


Windmill Animal Hospital
2 Windmill Circle
(@ S. Clack, just north of
Regional Medical Center)

Abilene, TX 79606

325-698-VETS (8387)
325-698-8391 (fax)
info@windmillvet.com
map to Windmill Animal Hospital


Office Hours
Mon - Fri: 7:30am - 6:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am - 1:00pm

Windmill App!

Windmill Animal Hospital App on App Store!


Windmill Animal Hospital App on Google Play!

"We're new to town and read the reviews for Dr Price and decided to Windmill a go. So happy we did! Their whole office from the front desk to the treatment and meeting Dr Price was 5 Star all the way! I know our babies will be well taken care of! I even had a technician help me out to the car which made my day as I had my hands FULL! Would recommend to anyone! "

Susie G. - Abilene (Google Reviews)



Click here to read what other clients are saying about their experience with Windmill Animal Hospital - Favorite Abilene Vets!



"This is the best vet in Abilene! I have tried countless other veterinary clinics and Windmill out-does them all. They value my pet and my experience more than my money, and they are always showing care and compassion to both my dog and me. They even call after every appointment, just to check-up and make sure we're doing okay! AMAZING service and incredible people!"

Kelly S. - Abilene (Website Comment/Review)

 

Arthritis Management

back to services

Arthritis affects at least 1 in every 5 dogs in the U.S., and is the #1 undiagnosed health problem in cats. It is one of the most common sources of chronic pain that veterinarians treat, and can shorten a pet’s life drastically if not managed properly. 

Arthritis causes relentless deterioration of the joints, causing pain levels to escalate, which can ruin a pet’s mobility and quality of life, and break his owner’s heart. 

Early diagnosis, and a thorough management plan, are critical in halting the advancement of the disease and protecting your pet’s mobility and quality of life.

Early Diagnosis and Treatment Are Your Pet’s Best Friends
How do you know if your pet is silently suffering from the pain of arthritis? Dogs and cats can’t tell us what’s wrong with them, so it’s important to watch their non-verbal cues closely and take even subtle changes seriously.
Signs that your dog may have arthritis:
  • Weight gain with no dietary change
  • Attitude and  behavior changes (sullen, grumpy or clingy, or wanting to be left alone)
  • Decreased activity or less interest in play/favorite activities
  • Unexplained habit changes: doesn’t get up to greet guests, doesn’t go upstairs to check on the kids, doesn’t play with toys
  • Sleeping more, restlessness & frequent shifting while sleeping
  • Hesitant or refuses to jump, run or climb stairs
  • Favoring a limb by holding a foot up, leaning, or shifting weight
  • Difficulty sitting or standing for any length of time
  • Lameness, seeming to have stiff or sore joints
  • Being less alert
Signs that your cat may have arthritis;
  • Laying around more than usual
  • Not jumping up on the counters, washer/dryer, other high places
  •  Resenting being petted in certain areas, especially the hips
If your dog or cat seems to have any of these symptoms, he needs to be seen by the doctors at Windmill Animal Hospital as soon as possible for an arthritis evaluation, which will involve a thorough physical exam and possible X-rays and lab work. If arthritis is confirmed, a personalized management plan will be created for your pet, designed to maximize his comfort and mobility, and minimize your expense.
The best thing to do for your pet in managing his arthritis is to have him evaluated by the doctors at Windmill Animal Hospital and start a personalized management plan as soon as possible.
Treating canine arthritis can be quite similar to that of human osteoarthritis. Treating feline arthritis is very different, due to the limited number of medications that can be used in cats.
Therapies to manage pet arthritis used by the doctors at Windmill Animal Hospital generally include:
·         Weight management: the cornerstone of arthritis management in dogs and cats
·         Pain management: to restore your pet’s mobility and quality of life
·         Nutritional supplements: to help restore cartilage integrity and joint lubrication
·         Presciption Diet J/D: packed full of antioxidants, EFA’s and other nutrients to help joint health
·         Cold-laser therapy:   for drug-free pain control
·         Stem cell therapy, acupuncture, massage therapy: all cutting-edge therapies for management of arthritis
 
One last word of advice from the doctors of Windmill Animal Hospital:
 
Never give your dog human medication without checking first with the doctors at Windmill Animal Hospital. Many medications are too toxic to use in dogs – particularly acetaminophen and ibuprofen; a safe dose of one of the few human medications safe for use in dogs will differ hugely between a greyhound and a dachshund.
 
Never, ever, give your cat human medication! Cats have unique livers, and are uniquely incapable of tolerating most medications humans take, especially NSAIDs and narcotics. Cats’ reactions to opioids and other narcotics are extremely unpredictable.
If you suspect your pet is affected with arthritis, give us a call and schedule an appointment today! Our doctors will work with you to design a custom-tailored arthritis management plan for your pet that will relieve his pain, restore his mobility, and give you BOTH better quality of life!