Now that winter is just around the corner it’s a good time to be conscious of the symptoms of arthritis in your pets. People with the same condition will tell you that they feel more discomfort in the cooler months and the same thing happens to our furry family members. Pets with arthritis don’t tend to cry out as it’s a dull chronic pain. You may notice your pet slowing down more, be reluctant to jump up, stiffness after lying down, and a subtle but persistent limp during the cooler months if they have arthritis.
Many clients that I see think their pet is slowing down due to them getting older, thinking that nothing can be done. Many have a medical condition that can be helped. Some of the treatment options we can offer you to help lessen the severity of symptoms of arthritis in your pets are:
1. Weight loss and dietary management- we can tailor a weight loss program to your pets needs if they are carrying extra weight. Extra weight can cause pressure and pain on already stressed and worn out joints.
2. Non steroidal anti-inflammatories: The most well known treatment for arthritis is NSAIDS. NSAIDs can provide great pain and symptom relief, but they are not without side effects. We will monitor your pet regularly while they are on NSAIDs to make sure their liver and kidneys are functioning well.
3. Joint supplements such as Pernease powder: these supplements can help prevent the onset of arthritis in some cases. In later stage disease they are a great addition to other treatments to help slow down the degenerative process.
4. Cartrophen injections: also known as arthritis injections. These help provide building blocks to rebuild the cartilage and fluid in the joints. These provide great longer lasting results. These injections are usually given 1 injection once a week for 4 weeks.
There are many approaches to managing arthritis. The most successful ones combine more than one of the above treatments. With our guidance and your commitment we can do a lot to improve the quality of life for pets with arthritis. If you suspect your pet is displaying signs of arthritis please don’t hesitate to call us to book in for an assessment today.