Monday, October 6, 2014

Could Osetoarthritis be eaffecting you pet?

By: Jane Bishop
Does your pet have a hard time getting around? If your answer is yes, then your pet may be suffering from osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is caused by progressive inflammation and deterioration of the soft tissue, cartilage, and bone in one or more joints, which leads to pain and decreased mobility. It will affect one out of
five dogs in their lifetime. Large breeds are affected more often than small breeds. Dogs who are
overweight are even more likely to be affected due to extra strain placed on ligaments and joints. Your pet can experience varying degrees of lameness, stiffness, and joint pain. These symptoms tend to be more prevalent in the mornings and after periods of less activity.

Osteoarthritis is progressive and in time can decrease your pets quality of life. Although incurable, treatment can substantially improve your pet’s life. Treatment involves physical therapy, weight control, the use of anti- inflammatories to relieve pain and improve function, and the use of chondroprotective agents to aid in the repair of joint cartilage and prevention of further damage.

At Central Kentucky Veterinary Center we offer a wide variety of treatment options such as Stem Cell Therapy, Platelet Rich Plasma, Laser Therapy, and a variety of medications and supplements. J/D food is also recommended because it contains therapeutic amounts of fish oils that have proven beneficial.

Swimming can be an excellent source of exercise and can improve muscle mass without overstressing the joints. Swimming is often recommended after stem cell therapy.

Overweight dogs should be encouraged to lose weight. Being overweight seriously complicates the treatment of osteoarthritis.

If your pet is experiencing pain due to joint disease and or old age, please contact us to discuss treatment options best suited for you and your pets needs.

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