Arthritis Treatment for Pets
As your pet becomes older and enters their senior years, arthritis is one of the many health conditions they may develop. Like with us humans, arthritis in dogs, cats and other pets is a condition that causes inflammation and degeneration of joint cartilage and bones. With proper treatment, we can ensure your pet’s arthritis is managed well and they are as comfortable as possible. Please do not hesitate to call us if you have any further questions about pets and arthritis.
What are the symptoms of arthritis in pets?
You may see one or more of the following signs in your pet: advanced stiffness, joint pain, limping, muscle atrophy, falling, reluctance to climb stairs, licking of joints, loss of appetite and personality changes. Over time, these symptoms can also become even more pronounced. And as they can be signs of conditions other then arthritis, it’s important your pet sees your veterinarian right away so they can be properly diagnosed.
What are some treatment options for arthritis in dogs and cats?
During a consultation with our team, we can put together a treatment plan specifically for your pet’s unique situation. Below are some general tips that can help most pets to better live with their arthritis. Feel free to incorporate any of these suggestions into your own routine.
1. Keep your pet at a healthy bodyweight by ensuring they eat healthy food
2. Consider massage and physical therapy
3. Opt for low-impact activities like swimming and walks that are more gentle on your pet’s joints.
4. Use pain relievers and joint supplements, such as chondroprotective and omega-3 fatty acids.
5. Ask your veterinarian if non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which help with chronic pain, are right for your pet.
6. Ask us about the benefits of therapeutic diets.