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
Stiff or sore joints
Hesitancy to run, jump or climb stairs
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. - 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.