Joint Pain Management for Aging Pets
Just like humans, older pets can suffer from arthritis and joint pain. Without proper treatment, these conditions can be very painful for pets. Our animal hospital integrates a variety of techniques to treat joint pain and arthritis in pets. Non-invasive treatment options include nutritional counseling and anti-inflammatory pet medication. In moderate to severe cases, orthopedic surgery may be the best treatment option for your pet, and we may refer you to a specialist orthopedic surgeon. At University Veterinary Hospital , we recognize that every pet faces unique wellness needs. Our vet will first evaluate dog symptoms and then work closely with pet owners to determine the best course of treatment.
Managing Arthritis and Joint Pain Symptoms in Senior Pets
Arthritis and joint pain dog symptoms include decreased activity, limping, inability to go up and down stairs, a lack of interest in play, and attitude or behavioral changes. If you suspect that your pet is suffering from arthritis or joint pain, prompt treatment can make a big difference for your pet’s overall health. Without intervention, your pet’s joints will continue to deteriorate, exacerbating pain symptoms.
Nutritional changes can also help alleviate your pet’s pain. For example, pets that are overweight will have greater strain on their joints. Our vet can recommend dietary changes to help your pet safely shed the pounds and naturally manage joint pain. Fish oil pills, which are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, can also help. Omega 3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation and improve joint lubrication.
If your pet is suffering from moderate to severe arthritis pain, orthopedic surgery may be the best choice to alleviate this pain and restore mobility. If so, we will refer you to a specialist, orthopedic surgeon. We recognize that any surgical procedure can be a stressful experience for you and your pet, especially more complex orthopedic procedures. Consequently, we will do our best to first manage your pet’s arthritis and joint pain using non-invasive techniques. Call us at 510-841-4412 for questions or to schedule an appointment today.