Pet Suffering from Joint Pain?
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 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 about your pet’s joint pain and how to manage their diet and activity to ensure they’re thriving.
Important Osteoarthritis and Pain Information
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One factor that can have a major impact on your pet’s joints is weight management. Increased body weight puts an additional force on joints, causing pain and limited mobility. Speak to your vet about diet changes to best manage your pet’s weight.
Certain activities like running or jumping should be limited, since they are high-impact and can cause more pain and inflammation. Instead, focus on low-impact activities like leashed walks or even swimming, which helps strengthen muscles and improve endurance.
Minor changes in your pet’s environment can help manage their pain. This includes using gates to keep pets away from stairs, adding rugs to create slip-free flooring and providing padded or foam bedding to provide much-needed comfort.