Arthritis Treatment for Pets

As your pet becomes older, one of the conditions they can develop is arthritis. The condition causes inflammation in their joints, as well as damage to their bones and areas such as their hips, ankles and elbows. This can cause them a significant amount of pain and discomfort as time goes on. At Pacific Rim Veterinary Hospital, we can provide your pet with different types of treatments and medications to help manage their symptoms.

What are the symptoms of arthritis in dogs/cats/pets?

Each pet is different and the symptoms of arthritis truly vary, and can manifest at different stages and intensities. With that it mind, below are some common signs that you should watch out for:

  • Wincing or groaning when getting up or lying down
  • Slower pace, limping or trembling when walking or running
  • Lost interest in playing, and other previously enjoyed activities
  • Difficulty going up stairs, bed or couch
  • Once you notice any of these symptoms, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team at 250.723.9900 and schedule your next consultation.

    How do you treat arthritis in cats/dogs/pets?

    In order to minimize your pet’s discomfort, there is a wide variety of treatments options that the veterinarian can prescribe. Depending on your pet’s specific case, the veterinarian may recommend one, or a combination of the following remedies:

  • Prescription medication (e.g. pain relievers, anti-inflammatory drugs)
  • Supplements (e.g. those that help support joint health)
  • Modifications to your environment (e.g. installing ramps, raised food bowls, soft carpeting, soft dog beds)
  • Physical rehabilitation (e.g. massage therapy, hydro therapy)
  • Acupuncture, laser therapy and other alternative rehabilitation methods