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What Is Osteoarthritis and How to Protect Your Pet From Pain

A dog weakened by pain

Age affects all of us, even our furry friends. If you have ever noticed your dog hesitating to jump onto the couch next to you, it may be time for a checkup. Do you know the symptoms of osteoarthritis and the necessary steps you need to take to ensure your pet's long-term comfort??

In this blog, we talk about osteoarthritis in dogs, its symptoms, and how to manage pain. Read on to learn more.

What Is Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a form of arthritis involving the gradual deterioration of cartilage in a dog's joint. Over time, it can lead to extreme joint pain and even decreased mobility as the pet finds it harder to move without discomfort.

What Causes Osteoarthritis

Many different things may cause this disease. While aging pets are at higher risk, younger dogs can also develop osteoarthritis for various reasons, including:

  • Genetic predispositions like hip dysplasia

  • Previous joint injuries like all tears or fractures

  • The physical stress of excess weight can aggravate injuries

  • A lack of regular exercise or disuse can aggravate

Maintaining your dog's health is crucial to mitigate these risk factors.

Osteoarthritis in Dogs: Symptoms

You need to be aware of the signs of osteoarthritis in dogs. Symptoms include:

  • Reduced movement

  • Reluctance to play

  • Difficulty standing up after resting

  • Limping

  • Stiffness

  • Visible joint swelling

  • Whining or barking when moving or touched

  • Changes in posture

  • Trouble on stairs or getting into the car

If you notice osteoarthritis signs, discuss the issue with your veterinarian.

Pain Management

Managing osteoarthritis is challenging. Your companion may still experience some discomfort even with treatment.

Nutrition or Supplement

Your veterinarian can discuss the option of supplying foods made for joint disease. Often, this can reduce symptoms, especially when mixed with supplements to promote healthy joints.

If you are unsure what foods or supplements you should look at, consult with the veterinarian; they will advise you on the appropriate nutritional information for your pet.

Pain Control

NSAIDs are available to help with pet joint care in some circumstances. These can be hard on the kidneys, liver, or gastrointestinal system, so often, blood work is heeded regularly.

There are new injections called hibrella that are given once monthly. These monoclonal antibodies target pain receptors only so there are much fewer side effects than NSAIDs.

Ensure you discuss pet insurance options with your vet to ensure ongoing access to pain medication for your companion. 

Quality Pet Care in Toronto

If your dog shows symptoms of osteoarthritis, reach out to  Kato Animal Hospital in Toronto. With over 40 years of experience in the field, we provide a wide range of services for your pet. We are dedicated to delivering the highest quality care for your cherished companion. Our vets can engage in nutrition counselling as well as recommend other ways to prevent osteoarthritis in dogs. Call us today.



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