Arthritis Treatment

Early detection, regular medication and treatment can ease the effects of arthritis in your pet.

Arthritis is a physically debilitating condition that causes pain and discomfort in your pet’s movements. When the soft tissue in between their joints, called cartilage, starts to thin it causes their bones to rub together. As you can imagine this is an awful feeling for your pet. Many people assume arthritis occurs from the wear and tear of old age. This is true, but arthritis is also triggered by undetected or neglected injuries and obesity. A meeting with our veterinarians is the first step to getting your pet the medical support they need. Call us to make an appointment at 403-984-4143.

Can arthritis be cured?

Unfortunately, no. However, there are ways to ease your pet’s soreness. Acupuncture, laser therapy and hydrotherapy are effective methods of reducing pain. In their own ways, these treatments encourage blood flow and release tension in the targeted areas. Just because your pet has arthritis does not mean they should be discouraged from being active. They will require patience and gentle prodding. In fact, a lack of physical activity may also cause pets to get arthritis. To help prevent arthritis from developing they need to be active and have their weight and nutritional diet managed to ensure they stay the appropriate size for their breed.

How do I know if my pet is in pain?

Chronic pain is by definition pain that lasts longer than approximately two weeks. Animals suffering from chronic pain often show subtle signs. The longer this goes on, the harder it is to control so we always want to treat their discomfort early. Signs your pet might be in pain include:

  • Depression and/or inactivity
  • Rising slowly or “collapsing” to lay down
  • Walking with a stiff gait, especially after getting up
  • Standing or sitting in unusual positions
  • Whining, whimpering, howling, or constantly meowing
  • Constantly licking or chewing at a particular part of the body
  • Acting funny and out of character, either aggressively or submissively
  • Unable to get comfortable (constantly changes positions to find the most comfortable position)

When chronic pain is correctly assessed and treated, patients respond with increased vigor and a sense of well-being that owners recognize and appreciate.

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