Treating Arthritis in Pets
Osteoarthritis is a disorder that is caused by wear and tear on joints. The condition generally affects older animals and causes discomfort that impacts your pet’s quality of life. Veterinary treatment can help pets with arthritis to be more active and more physically comfortable. At Unleashed Pet Care in Livonia, we provide quality veterinary care for animals experiencing arthritis symptoms.
What Is Arthritis?
Arthritis is a condition of inflammation of the tissue in the joints. Generally, it affects older animals, but it can sometimes affect young animals. The normal wear and tear on joints cause inflammation of the structures within the joint, leading to swelling, pain, stiffness, and poor range of motion. Osteoarthritis is a progressive condition that will worsen over time, so good management is critical to helping your pet maintain comfort and normal mobility.
Symptoms of Arthritis in Pets
As pets get older, you may notice their movements tend to slow down. They may limp or favor a limb. Their movements may seem stiff. Pets often show reluctance to exercise or may not want to climb the stairs inside your home. They may groan when getting up from a lying-down position. Some animals lick at the affected joint to soothe it or they may become irritable.
Treatment of Pet Arthritis
Several medications are available to relieve joint pain in dogs. Your veterinarian may also advise cortisone injections, physical therapy, or other measures to deal with discomfort and poor mobility. Fewer options for pain relief are available for cats, so discuss alternative methods of pain management with your vet, such as laser therapy, massage, and other techniques.
Helping Your Pet Be More Comfortable
You can help your pet with arthritis have a comfortable, healthy, and active life by implementing a few tips. Make sure your pet is eating a healthy diet, with omega-3 fatty acids to reduce inflammation. Help your pet maintain an acceptable weight to prevent extra stress on the joints. Talk to your vet about supplements that can help reduce pain and improve mobility. Choose a bed for your pet that has a low entry and padded sides to cushion tender joints. Keep your pet warm and out of drafts. Provide regular, gentle exercise to keep joints functioning, and be sure to see your veterinarian regularly to monitor your pet’s condition.
Make Unleashed Pet Care Your Veterinarian for Pet Arthritis Care
Our veterinarians at Unleashed Pet Care use their training and experience to provide quality veterinary care for their patients in Livonia and the surrounding communities. If you have concerns about your pet’s arthritis or would just like to schedule an appointment, call our team today at (734) 469-2800 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.