Arthritis Care at Integrative Veterinary Wellness
A few short years ago you had trouble keeping up with your pet during walks or runs -- but now you see your pet struggling to keep pace with you. For many animals, the painful joint inflammation of arthritis can severely limit comfort and mobility. If you want your best friend to have the best possible quality of life despite arthritis, then you need to consult our holistic vet at Integrative Veterinary Wellness in Richardson. Our team can provide your pet with healthy pain management treatments and strategies.
Understanding Arthritis in Pets
Arthritis in pets bears a close resemblance to arthritis in humans. Chronic joint deterioration, inflammation, and pain can occur due to a wide range of underlying causes. For many pets, years of normal wear and tear on the joints causes the cartilage to break up, leading to osteoarthritis. Underlying conditions such as hip or elbow dysplasia can also contribute to arthritis development. Sometimes a joint injury or an autoimmune dysfunction can produce the pain, swelling, and stiffness of arthritis.
The hallmark symptoms of arthritis in pets include lameness when walking, difficulty sitting down or standing up, an unsteady stance, and a resistance to climbing stairs or other activities. You may also notice obvious swelling or deformation of the affected joints. Some pets may lick painful joints obsessively and/or have bathroom accidents because they cannot get to the litter box (or outdoors) in a timely manner.
Degenerative conditions such as osteoarthritis can create a progressive downward spiral of pain and stiffness. As your pet's arthritis gets worse, he may become increasingly sedentary. This in turn may allow the joints to stiffen further even as weight gain places more pressure on the damaged joints.
A Variety of Treatments From Our Holistic Vet
Although arthritis is not reversible or curable, our holistic vet at Integrative Veterinary Wellness can help your pet live with the condition more comfortably while preserving optimal joint function. Since age plays a role in arthritis development, you will want to schedule two senior pet wellness exams each year so we can monitor your pet's condition. We can then administer multiple treatment modalities as needed.
We offer a variety of pain management techniques for pets, including acupuncture, massage therapy, and therapeutic laser yherapy, all of which may prove helpful for arthritis pain. Steroidal and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications provide another avenue for pain relief. We may also recommend light exercise, weight loss, and nutritional supplements that support joint health.
Contact Our Richardson Animal Clinic
Ready to help your pet enjoy an easier range of motion and a more comfortable life? Call our Richardson animal clinic at 469-250-4023 to schedule an evaluation and treatment