Arthritis affects pets in the same way it does with their human companions. Raising awareness, support, education and research throughout the month of May, arthritis walks will take place in hundreds of cities across the United States. Symptoms associated with arthritis can vary from minor stiffness to severe and debilitating joint pain. Commonly seen in the spine and rear legs of our pets, arthritis is a degenerative disease that can affect any joint in the body. Supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin are available to decrease the symptoms associated with arthritis, however owners should always discuss treatment options for their pet with their veterinarian prior to beginning treatment of any kind. Low impact forms of exercise including a simple walk or swimming are a great way to keep your arthritic pet moving and prevent joint stiffness and muscle deterioration. Prescription medications are available from your veterinarian to ease your pet’s pain from arthritis. Remember, many human medications including acetaminophen and ibuprofen are toxic to pets and should never be given in an attempt to provide pain relief. Other alternative options are out there like Laser therapy done by our specialty Dr. Swanson. Call Animal Central for more details.
Ask us at Animal Central for more information on arthritis and how it can affect your pet or visit our blog at: http://animalcentral.net/blog/arthritis-and-pain/
Or to find an arthritis walk in your area, please visit: http://www.whathealth.com/awareness/event/arthritis.html
Dr. George Stroberg, DVM and Staff