Treatment Options

      Many pets experience pain at some point in their lives. If you suspect that your pet is in pain or becoming arthritic, it is important to come in right away for an exam with your veterinarian. The exam will usually begin with a Quality of Life screening which includes a history of symptoms you and your family have noticed and what your home environment is like. The next step would be the physical exam where the doctor will do a full examination of your pet to pinpoint painful areas. Radiographs may be taken to see the extent of damage to a joint. After a diagnosis is made, your vet will work with you to start a treatment plan. They will discuss with you what your expectations are and what the overall goals for treatment are. The treatment plan will likely include modalities from one or more of the categories below.

Weight Management

Weight Management is critical in canine and feline arthritis. Excess fat tissue secretes hormones that promote pain. If necessary, a weight reduction plan should be implemented and closely monitored for all pets. 

Joint Supplements/Nutraceuticals

Nutraceutical supplements are naturally occurring compounds or foods that have the ability to affect the health of an individual. 

Medications

Medication is used as a treatment option for arthritis in efforts to reduce pain and are almost always going to be a part of the treatment plan. They can have serious side effects and should only be used under the direction of your veterinarian. 

Rehabilitation Therapy

Rehabilitation Therapy isn’t just for an acute injury it can also be incredibly helpful for chronic pain such as with osteoarthritis. It can relieve pain and promote cartilage, tendon and ligament health.

Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative Medicine focuses on harnessing the power of adult-derived stem cells and the body’s own regenerative capabilities to restore the function to damaged cells, tissues, and organs.  

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