Arthritis Treatment for Dogs
Arthritis is a common and painful condition that can affect dogs of any age to varying degrees. However, dogs that are considered seniors (over the age of seven) are at a higher risk. It is often one of the first signs of ageing noticed by owners in their pets.
What are the symptoms of arthritis in dogs?
Arthritis can present itself as stiffness, decreased activity, irritability or aggression, limping and reluctance to jump or use stairs. Every dog is different, and pain can present itself in different ways.
What causes arthritis in dogs?
Many factors can contribute to arthritis, including, ligament injuries, deterioration of the cartilage in the joint, as well as hip dysplasia and others. These all cause swelling and inflammation in the joints of your dog that cause pain and decreased mobility.
What are some treatment options for arthritis in dogs?
Depending on the severity of arthritis, many different treatment options are available. If you are concerned that your pet may have arthritis, a consultation with one of our veterinarians can provide a specific treatment plan. This many include radiographs to diagnose the severity of the disease. Anti-inflammatory medication may be needed after running wellness bloodwork to ensure kidney and liver functions are working as they should. Joint supplements may be added to your pet’s treatment plan as well to help restore joint function.
Can I give my dog Aspirin?
Our medical staff never advises giving over the counter pain medication to your pet without discussing with your veterinarian first. These medications can be toxic to pets and may interfere with organ function.