Pet Arthritis Awareness

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Promoting Arthritis Awareness at Community Animal Hospital

 Save 10% on exam, screening x-rays, massage, acupuncture or adjustment services for your pet during May & June 2016.

We all know that arthritis can affect humans, but did you know that it can affect your furry pet friends too?  We are promoting Pet Arthritis awareness Community Animal Hospital.  Now is the perfect time to address this health issue so you and your pet can spring pain free into warmer weather when it arrives!

Arthritis is a painful, degenerative joint disease or deterioration of the joint that can hinder movement and cause pain. It affects dogs & cats of any age, although we frequently think of it as a disease of older animals. Almost all dogs and cats will develop varying degrees of arthritis at some point in their lives. It can be mild & unnoticeable, or it can be debilitating-severely affecting pet’s quality of life.

Signs of Arthritis:

Unfortunately arthritis is not always easy to spot. By its nature it develops gradually, so animals tend to learn to cope with the discomfort without showing any obvious pain. That is why it is important to watch for non-verbal clues closely & take even subtle changes seriously such as:

  • Favoring a limb

  • Difficulty sitting or standing

  • Getting up slowly after rest

  • Sleeping more, decreased activity or less interest in play

  • Seeming to have stiff or sore joint

  • Hesitancy to jump, run or climb stairs

  • Weight gain

  • Attitude and behavior change

  • Might appear depressed & less alert

  • Changes in litter habits

If your pet has any of the above symptoms it is best to have them evaluated.  An examination may reveal further changes such as joint swelling, crepitus (grating sensation) on movement of the joint & pain, although x-rays tend to be the best way to diagnose the condition.

Medical treatment:

Our veterinary team is here to help so you can make an informed decision on how to slow the progression & manage arthritis specific to your pet’s individual health needs.  Although arthritis cannot be cured, the good news is that we have an expanding range of treatments that we can utilize such as but not limited to:

  • Alternative treatments such as Adjustments, Acupuncture, and Medical Massage.

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs along with veterinary supplements containing either glucosamine and chondroitin or Omega fatty acids.

  • Prescribing a healthy diet and proper exercise regime to maintain optimum weight in order to prevent and decrease the progression of degenerative joint disease!