Our previous blog looked at the factors contributing to the development of osteoarthritis in our senior pets and the symptoms associated with the disease. Now the question becomes: “What can be done about it?” Fortunately for pet owners, there are several options available to help ease/manage the pain and activity limitations that osteoarthritis causes. In order to know what options are best for your pet it is highly advisable to have them evaluated by your veterinarian and then form a treatment plan based on their specific medical condition.
The American College of Veterinary Surgeons1 has a very comprehensive list of treatment options on their website that includes:
The chronic pain and mobility issues caused by osteoarthritis are not things that your pet has to live with. Much can be done to improve their quality of life and overall comfort. We urge you to consult with your veterinarian about any issues you feel you senior pet is having with mobility, mood, or pain. You may be pleasantly surprised at the difference treating osteoarthritis can have in the life of your senior pet.
Carol Hudecek, LVT- Columbia Animal Clinic