Managing Osteoarthritis

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Painful osteoarthritis can develop in our pets, much like it does in people. When the cartilage inside the joint becomes damaged due to some kind of trauma, the ongoing destructive process of arthritis begins.

You and your veterinarian can do many things to help slow the progression of arthritis. Weight management is critical to reduce stress on the affected joint.

Exercise modification to minimize impact, like swimming, is helpful. Dietary supplements such as omega-3 fatty acids, glucosamine and chondroitin, given over time can help promote cartilage health. Adequan© injections and anti-inflammatory medications can help quiet the ravages of inflammation.

As arthritis progresses, surgery may be necessary to end the pain. The Center for Veterinary Health Sciences diagnoses and treats a myriad of diseases associated with arthritis, including hip dysplasia, trauma to the joint, elbow dysplasia, anterior cruciate ligament tears in the knee, and medial patellar or kneecap luxation, among others.

No matter the cause of the arthritis, a tailored management plan can be developed to help minimize pain and maximize the quality of life for your pet.