Greater than 90% of older animals have arthritis pain.
Dogs and cats hide illness and pain. Your pet could be in considerable pain and show you minimal symptoms to let you know he or she needs your help!
At San Diego Bay Animal Hospital, we can evaluate your dog or cat to let you know how to provide the best care to keep them as comfortable as possible and age gracefully.
Regular checkups help your veterinarian monitor general health and arthritis to make necessary adjustments to the treatment plan.
Determine and maintain appropriate body weight to eliminate joint load. Any extra pound worsens arthritis development. Feeding the right amount of high-quality food should help with weight control.
Carefully monitored and regular exercise can help affected dogs mentally and physically.
Arthritis is aggravated by cold and damp weather. Make sure to keep your pet warm and dry. Thick padded, soft dog beds and warm compresses can soothe affected joints and prevent ulcerations.
Rehabilitation and massage exercises can increase your dog’s flexibility, muscle tone, circulation, and sense of well-being.
Glucosamine and chondroitin supplements and omega 3 and 6 fatty acids can be used to help manage arthritis in dogs and other animals.
Prescription pain medication, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) prescribed by your veterinarian, may be essential to help relieve signs of your dog’s arthritis. ** Note many pain relievers meant for people are poisonous to dogs and cats. Never give your dog or cat a drug unless recommended by your veterinarian.