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Arthritis Treatment for Dogs

We often associate the word arthritis with older pets; however, just like people, there are inflammatory joint conditions that can be related to other disease processes.

What are the symptoms of arthritis in dogs?

We commonly see pain and stiffness, such as difficulty climbing stairs or getting in and out of the car. Be aware that it is instinctive for our pets not to show pain, so in many cases, we have to advocate for them. It is very rare for our pets to cry out. We need to be aware of the changes in our pets as they age, and have them examined if you are concerned.

What causes arthritis in dogs?

Geriatric arthritis can be “wear and tear” on joints, especially if we allow our pets to become overweight. Some early arthritis can be caused by joint malformation, such as in hip or elbow dysplasia. Some arthritis can also be caused by an injury, such as a cruciate/knee injury that did not heal and causes chronic joint disease.

What are some treatment options for arthritis in dogs?

Joint supplements with omega fatty acids or glucosamine may help in early cases. Anti-inflammatories are often required for acute or chronic pain. Therapeutic laser can help reduce inflammation, and injections can assist with joint fluid. Treatment options vary with the causes. If you are interested in therapeutic lasers for your pet we are happy to assist you in finding a clinic nearby who offers this service.

Can I give my dog Aspirin?

Aspirin is never recommended. The doses required to really help with pain will, in the long term, cause serious ulceration of the gut. Ibuprofen is also never recommended. It causes serious kidney disease in our pets. And for cats, Tylenol or acetaminophen is fatal. Please check with your veterinarian before giving any medications to your pets.

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