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Services / Arthritis Management


Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is very common in our older patients; it is a degenerative disease with no “cure,” that is progressively painful and can affect any joint in the body. While there is no true cure, there are certainly things that we can do to help slow down the progression of the disease, and keep your furry loved one comfortable. There are 2 kinds of osteoarthritis:

  1. Primary or “wear and tear” osteoarthritis
  2. Secondary osteoarthritis usually occurs after an injury to the joint

How and Why Does Osteoarthritis Develop?

Osteoarthritis will happen as a result of either inflammation or previous injury to a joint. When the cartilage within the joint is injured, it will cause swelling, deformity and pain. Cartilage covers the bones and protects them from rubbing against each other; it is a firm, rubber-like material – think of it as a shock absorber for joints!

How Can You Tell If Your Dog is Suffering from Arthritis?

  • Lack of interest in activity (especially one that he/she used to love)
  • Hesitant about going up/down stairs
  • Lethargy
  • Depression
  • Weight gain
  • Tensing up/noticeable tenderness in certain parts of the body
  • Limping or favouring one or more leg
  • Having a hard time getting up from lying down

If you’ve noticed any of the above signs or symptoms in your pet, give us a call – we can help! After taking a thorough history with you and asking some key questions, together we can make a plan that may include any of the following: pharmaceutical medications, cold laser therapy, nutraceuticals and joint supplements, foods – the list goes on and on! Not to worry, we have options to suit every lifestyle.

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