Osteoarthritis Care

Understanding Osteoarthritis in Felines and Canines

Osteoarthritis, commonly referred to as OA, is a degenerative joint condition characterized by the gradual breakdown of joint tissue in dogs and cats. This results in the bones rubbing against each other, leading to discomfort and reduced mobility in your beloved pet. Left untreated, OA can cause considerable pain, negatively impacting your pet’s quality of life. However, with the right approach, early
detection, and a well-structured care plan, we can significantly enhance your pet’s comfort and slow down the advancement of the disease. Our team of skilled veterinarians possesses expertise in accurately diagnosing osteoarthritis and crafting personalized treatment strategies for each individual patient.

Signs of Osteoarthritis

For both felines and canines, recognizing the signs of osteoarthritis is essential for early intervention. Some common symptoms include:

  • Limping or favoring one leg
  • Difficulty getting up or lying down
  • Reluctance to jump, climb stairs, or play
  • Reduced activity or exercise intolerance
  • Joint stiffness and swelling
  • Behavioral changes (increased irritability or aggression)

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Learn more about the symptoms and signs of OA

Feline OA Checklist

Canine OA Checklist

Treatment Options for Canines and Felines with Osteoarthritis

  • Pain Medications (NSAIDs): Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are commonly prescribed to reduce pain and inflammation in both cats and dogs with osteoarthritis.
  • Joint Supplements: Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane), and omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial joint supplements that support joint health and reduce inflammation in both felines and canines with osteoarthritis.
  • Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation: Therapeutic exercises and rehabilitation techniques can improve joint flexibility and muscle strength in pets, promoting better mobility for both cats and dogs with osteoarthritis.
  • Weight Management: Maintain a healthy weight is crucial for pets with osteoarthritis, reducing joint strain. Veterinarians can create personalized diet and exercise plans for both cats and dogs.
  • Laser Therapy: Low-level laser therapy is a non-invasive treatment that can reduce pain and inflammation in arthritic joints, providing relief to both feline and canine patients.
  • Environmental Modifications: Making adjustments to the home environment, such as providing comfortable bedding and minimizing jumping or climbing, can ease joint strain for both felines and canines with osteoarthritis.
  • Warm Compresses: Applying warm compresses to affected joints can alleviate stiffness and provide comfort for pets with osteoarthritis.
  • Acupuncture (for Felines): Acupuncture is a holistic treatment that may be beneficial in managing pain and improving mobility in felines with osteoarthritis.
  • Solensia (for Felines): We are proud to carry Solensia, the first and only FDA-Approved treatment to control OA pain in cats. While cat OA isn’t curable, the pain from OA can now be effectively managed. Solensia helps your cat get back to moving more freely again and stops OA pain from disrupting the unique bond they share with a once-monthly injection.

As always, it is essential to consult with a veterinarian to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for your pet’s specific needs.

At Companion Animal Hospital Norridge, we understand that each feline and canine is unique, and their treatment plans should be tailored to their specific needs and health status. If you suspect your beloved pet is experiencing joint pain, stiffness, or any signs of osteoarthritis, early intervention is key to ensuring their well-being and comfort.

Our experienced team of veterinarians are dedicated to ensuring your furry companion receives the best possible care. Call us at (708) 457-0066 or book your pet’s appointment online. We’re here to help!

What's Next

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    Call us or schedule an
    appointment online.

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    Meet with a doctor for an
    initial exam.

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    Put a plan together for
    your pet.

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