Arthritis in pets Wynnum Manly
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Treating arthritis for your pet
Arthritis is a painful condition caused by inflammation of the joints.
Arthritis is common in older animals as a result of cartilage degradation. Other causes of arthritis are injuries, conformational issues, auto-immune diseases and viral or bacterial infections.
Signs of arthritis
- Limping, stiffness, change in gait
- Reluctance to walk, jump, climb stairs or play
- Difficulty rising after resting
- Difficulty finding a comfortable position
- Licking/self trauma
- Change in behaviour such as aggression, anxiety or clinginess
- Reduced interaction with people
- Reduced appetite
- Change in toileting behaviour
- Increase in vocalisation, yelping when touched
The five significant components of treatment
- Weight control – the more overweight the animal, the more stress on the joints
- Warm, soft bedding in a draft free area
- Exercise – regular controlled exercise such as gentle walks or swimming
- Physiotherapy – massage, heat packs or referral to animal physiotherapist
cartrophen injections, Antinol, glucosamine / chondroitin, specialised veterinary diets
Anti-inflammatory and pain relieving medications
non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or neuropathic pain relievers.
Make an appointment with one of our vets to discuss the best treatment protocol for your pet.