Monday, September 19, 2011

Monday Pet Tip: Osteoarthritis

While more common in older pets, osteoarthritis is a chronic and progressive disorder that affects the joints of dogs and cats of all ages. Signs include reluctance to perform tasks or activities like walking, climbing stairs, jumping or playing, limping, lagging behind on walks, and difficulty rising from a resting position.  If left untreated, osteoarthritis can produce an irritable, reclusive, and uncomfortable pet. It's important to be aware of its signs so your pet can be treated, and the severity of the symptoms can be minimized and controlled.


  1. What exactly is the treatment?

  2. There are a variety of treatments for osteoarthritis, depending on the pet and the severity of the symptoms. Treatments range from natural supplements such as glucosamine, prescription anti-inflammatory drugs, acupuncture, and in some case even surgery. The best thing to do is have your pet examined by a veterinarian to help assess the scale of the problem. The doctor can then create a custom regimen for your pet.