Arthritis and your pet

crutchesJust remember one thing. Old age is not a disease! In other words, just because your pet is becoming geriatric does not mean that they have to suffer unnecessary joint pain and loss of muscle mass. We all tend to think, “Oh, he’s slowing down because he is getting old,” and while there may be some truth to this, it doesn’t have to turn a pet who would still like to behave like a youngster into a cripple.

 

By being aware of your pet’s stiffness or mobility problems and acting early, you can help to keep them mobile, in many cases for months to years. It is really important that we keep pets pain-free enough to stay active, so joints don’t seize up and muscles don’t waste away – weakness just complicates matters.

 

This may involve using supplements such as glucosamine, green-lipped mussel and chondroitin; special diets; antiinflammatories or pain killers. There are also lots of alternative therapies available in Ottawa, such as underwater treadmill and swimming pool therapy, acupuncture, massage, and physiotherapy.

 

We will assess your pet’s mobility each time that they are in for an examination, but if you have any concerns, please bring them to our attention, and let’s keep a spring in your pet’s step.

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