Arthritis in Pets

What is Degenerative Joint Disease?

Degenerative joint disease (often known as Arthritis) is inflammation of the joints. When arthritis develops, the cartilage lining of the joint wears down, causing inflammation, swelling and pain. Cartilage lining deteriorates because of disease, poor structure or development (e.g. hip dysplasia), unusual gait, conformation, extra weight gain, or joint trauma or surgery.

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Symptoms of Arthritis

  • Stiffness or slowness when getting up or down, or after resting
  • Difficulty going up and/or down stairs, reluctance to jump for cats
  • Decreased activity or a resistance to exercise
  • Dragging back legs, worn toenails or decline in grooming for cats

 

Generally the pain with Arthritis is heightened after resting, exuberant exercise or cold weather. Talk to one of our vets to assess if your pet has Arthritis.

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Managing Arthritis

Unfortunately Arthritis can’t be cured.  The key is to control the pain associated with arthritis and manage inflammation in the joints.  With proper management Arthritis progression can be slowed.  In order to manage the inflammation within the joints The House Call Vets recommends a focused plan:

Weight Control

Weight control is essential when it comes to managing Arthritis symptoms and slowing the progression of the disease. Extra weight adds pressure on your pets already affected joints. Low calorie diets along with gentle exercise to maintain an ideal body weight is crucial for pets with Arthritis.  We also recommend this course of action for pets who are at risk of developing arthritis due to factors such as breed, age or pets that have a history of joint trauma or surgery.

 

Regular Gentle Exercise

Walking and swimming are fantastic forms of exercise for dogs with arthritis. The level of the exercise your pet can endure is assessed on a case by case basis. Regular short bursts of exercise is usually the best approach.

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Diet Rich in Omega-3 & 6

Omega fatty acids assist in blocking inflammation around your pet’s joints that cause pain. They also subdue activity of a particular enzyme that causes cartilage damage, therefore slowing any progression of arthritis.

Veterinary Care

Joint support injections are used to improve joint fluid & joint cartilage blood flow helping to slow progression of the disease. We will start your pet on a course of 4 injections done one week apart. This is followed by a single repeat injection every 1-3 months or a repeat course of 4 injections every 3-6 months, depending on how your pet is progressing.

Pain Relief Medication

In some cases, pain relief medication will need to be prescribed after diagnosis of flare-ups. Ideally we only use these when required however, some pets may need these medications long term, in conjunction with their continued arthritis management program of arthritis injections, lifestyle changes and food supplements

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