Arthritis in dogs and cats is just like in humans, it is when a joint becomes inflamed. This generally occurs when your pet gets older and in fact it is one of the most common ailments seen in aging dogs and cats.
Arthritis can be very painful to any pet. Swelling occurs and it becomes harder for your pet to move about normally. Dogs can have different types of arthritis as well, like hip dysplasia, which is a form of osteoarthritis but just as painful if not more.
There is no way to really cure arthritis, but there is definitely treatment and help to reduce the pain available. To begin with, make sure to have us check your pet to better decide the right form of medication for him/her. Your pet will also benefit from taking glucosamine, a substance which works to stimulate joint function and repair. We also have J/D prescription diet which is specifically made for pets with arthritis. The right nutrition can help manage this condition and keep your pet active and comfortable. For the pain, we have great medication that is known to effectively help keep your pet active like Rimadyl and Previcox.
Remember, all though arthritis is very common in aging dogs and cats, their pain and suffering can be set to a minimum, so please ask us how we can help your pet be happy again.