Arthritis Treatment for Pets
As your furry family member enters their golden years, arthritis is just one of many conditions they will most likely develop. As you may already know, there is no known cure for arthritis, but with the right medications and therapies, the disease can be managed properly so your pet can live pain-free. To learn more about our arthritis services for pets, please do not hesitate to call us at (902) 865-8110.
What is the best treatment for pets with arthritis?
Here at Cobequid Animal Hospital, we take a holistic approach when it comes to arthritis. After a detailed consultation, your veterinarian may suggest one or a combination of therapies. Some of the most common treatments for arthritis in pets are oral supplements, massage, laser therapy, and acupuncture. Your veterinarian may also suggest lifestyle changes or modifications to your home to help your pet cope with their arthritis. Installing carpets or soft padding on hard surfaces, for example, can help protect your pet from serious injuries as their arthritis progresses.
How long can pets live with arthritis?
Unfortunately, arthritis is a lifelong condition that worsens over time. Despite this, once properly diagnosed and appropriate treatments are prescribed and administered, your pet can live out the rest of their days with arthritis. Arthritis will not shorten your furry friend’s lifespan in any way. In fact, they can continue to be happy with the condition, as long as you stay on top of their management treatments.
What are the signs of arthritis in pets?
With arthritis, early detection and diagnosis is key. If you notice any of the symptoms below, please contact our veterinary team right away so we can provide the care your pet needs. The most common signs of arthritis in pets are swollen joints, limping, unstable walk/gait, and wincing/difficulty when moving from a sit-down to stand-up position or when going up and down stairs.