Blue Lake Animal Care Center knows your pets are treasured family members, and we want them to be as healthy and comfortable as possible. Our pets often start to feel the aches and pains of arthritis as they age. Fortunately, we have many options to manage this pain. Recognizing the often subtle signs of discomfort that they may show is key.
Signs of Arthritis
Many pet owners bringing their dogs into the office believe their pet isn’t painful because they do not vocalize. Unfortunately, most often they do not. Often, the signs are more difficult to pick up. These include panting, stiffness, or lameness that may or may not resolve with activity. Some pets also show signs such as an unwillingness to jump, or defensiveness when touched or played with. The most common sign is just not being able to do what they normally used to. Being diligent of these often difficult-to-spot changes, and subsequently bringing them to our attention so we can examine your pet, is the key. X-rays after the physical examination give more insight into what is causing pain. We use a state-of-the-art Sound-Eklin digital x-ray system which provides amazing clarity and detail. A radiology specialist is available to review these films as needed.
If arthritis is diagnosed, you have numerous options to manage and treat this condition. We recommend Joint supplements such as glucosamine or essential fatty acids to help protect cartilage inflammation. Injections such as Adequan increase joint lubrication and help prevent cartilage erosion in the joint. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAID’s) such as carprofen or firocoxib offer significant pain relief and increase mobility. Pets benefit from weight control and exercise modification as well.
Dr. Powell and the staff of Blue Lake Animal Care Center want to ensure your pet’s quality of life is maintained at the highest level. Keeping your pets comfortable and active as they grow older is important. If you have any questions about this topic, please don’t hesitate to make an appointment at (530) 600-3911.