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Pet Suffering from Joint Pain in West Des Moines?

Understand the Symptoms and Management of Osteoarthritis


Did you know, 20% of all dogs are affected by osteoarthritis, making it one of the most common chronic diseases as they age.

A form of arthritis, osteoarthritis is caused by the loss of joint cartilage, which acts as a cushion to allow bones in a joint to move smoothly. This cartilage gives way over time due to age, injury, or disease, resulting in inflammation and pain.

Once your pet is diagnosed, it is important to discuss with your vet the best options to manage the diagnosis, to maximize your pet’s comfort and minimize their pain.

Common signs of osteoarthritis include:

  • Lack of enthusiasm for physical activities, including walks, jumping and play
  • Changes in gait, limping or favoring a leg
  • Stiffness or trouble standing, especially after sleeping
  • Whimpering, yelping or jerking away if an affected joint is moved

Whether it’s osteoarthritis, or another common joint problem, the THRIVE team in West Des Moines is here to diagnose your pet and outline a treatment plan to best manage their needs and make them comfortable again.

Book an appointment to speak with a THRIVE vet in West Des Moines about your pet’s joint pain and how to manage their diet and activity to ensure they’re thriving.

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Important Osteoarthritis and Pain Information


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