Arthritis is an inflammation in the joints. There are various causes for arthritis including
previous injury to the joint, poor genetics and the wear and tear of old age or obesity. No
matter what the cause, arthritis is a painful condition for most pets. Once arthritis is
diagnosed with an exam and possible x-rays there are many treatment options for your
pet.


Signs of Arthritis

  • Favoring a limb
  • Difficulty sitting or standing
  • Sleeping more
  • Stiff or sore joints
  • Hesitancy to run, jump or climb stairs
  • Weight gain
  • Loss of muscle tone on one or more limbs
  • Decreased activity or interest in play
  • Attitude or behavior changes

Treatment for Arthritis

  • Healthy diet and exercise to help maintain proper weight
  • Anti-inflammatory pain medications like Deramaxx or Metacam. Blood testing is
    needed after an initial trial of these medications and then yearly to ensure that these
    drugs are safe for the liver. Blood testing may be required more often in some cases.

Over-the-counter Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate supplements to help rebuild and
lubricate the joints. These are available in both food and capsule forms. An initial trial of at
least 6-8 weeks is recommended to see how well this supplement will work for your pet’s
arthritis. This supplement could be used for the rest of your pet’s life.
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Over-the-counter Essential Fatty Acid (EFA) supplements to help bring down
inflammation. An initial trial of at least 6-8 weeks is recommended to see how well this
supplement will work for your pet’s arthritis. This supplement could be used for the rest of
your pet’s life

The staff at Cambridge VetCare Animal Clinic, P.A. are here to help you control the pain
and discomfort associated with your pet’s arthritis. Please feel free to ask us if you have
further questions regarding your pet’s arthritis treatment.
If you have any further questions,
please give us a call or e-mail us at:
info@cambridgevetcare.com
Arthritis: Not just
for humans!
763-689-0095
Cambridge VetCare
Animal Clinic, PA
Cambridge, MN