Arthritis Services for Pets
Arthritis is a natural medical condition that develops from old age, injury or weight gain. While there is no guarantee your pet will evade it, as certain genetics and injuries are unavoidable, there are ways you can prevent it. Good exercise and a well-designed nutritional plan can benefit your pet in the long run. Keeping your pet in shape and eating healthy will control their weight. This means they will be less likely to put pressure on their joints. During your next appointment, ask our veterinarians about arthritis in pets. Call us to book at 250.591.4050.
How does arthritis occur in pets?
There is a protective tissue at your pet’s joints called cartilage. It is soft, firm and flexible. Cartilage protects the bones from touching. When the cartilage wears down, bones rub together causing inflammation. That is how arthritis forms.
How do I know if my pet has arthritis?
Arthritis is a painful condition. You will notice your pet move and react differently because they are experiencing discomfort. If your pet is limping, resistant to play or anxious about being touched or held a certain way, this could all be signs of arthritis.
Is there a cure for pets with arthritis?
No, but there are plenty of treatments available that ease the pain. From medication to physical alleviations, our veterinarians look forward to discussing the path that best suits you and your pet’s routine. Acupuncture and laser therapy help activate blood flow and reduce inflammation in targeted areas. Hydrotherapy allows your pet to be active without applying pressure on their joints. For at home care, we can supply pain management medicine in the form of tasty pills and you can ensure your pet always has a soft place to rest.