Arthritis in our pets can be very painful. Arthritis means inflammation of the joints. The most common arthritis in dogs, cats and horses is called osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis is the breakdown of the cartilage which lines the bones that make up a joint. Cartilage can be worn down to the point that actual bone material rubs together. In some cases, cartilage fragments break off which can irritate adjacent muscles. As the joint wears and becomes distorted, pain can occur in the muscles that support and generate movement in the joint.
Most of senior animals have arthritis, due to being athletic, obese, diabetic or having trauma or an injury.
Providing your pet with a diet that is made for arthritis is one step to helping your pet. Hill’s Science Diet provides a prescription diet called J/D. It is designed specifically for your cat or dog with arthritis. This food will help improve your pet’s mobility in about 21 days.
Dasuquin is for our dogs, and Cosequin is for our cats. Platinum Performance provides multiple food supplements designed specifically for joint support for equines. As well as being prescribed a low dose of pain medication for their aches and pains.
Our doctors at Village Veterinary Hospital can help you determine if your four legged friends has arthritis and help you to get them started on the necessary treatment for a more comfortable life.