Treatment options for arthritis

treatmentIf we’ve diagnosed your pet with arthritis we will work with you to come up with a suitable management plan. A well-rounded approach will help your pet get the most out of life.

Some of the treatments might include:

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

Help to reduce pain and inflammation quickly. Can be given short term but may be needed for the rest of your pet’s life – we just need to monitor your pet’s kidney and liver function.

Note: It is critically important that you do not give human arthritis medications to your dog.

Disease modifying drugs

Given as a regular injection, these help to relieve pain and help to preserve joint cartilage. Read more here.

Nutriceuticals

Supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin may be helpful in improving your pet’s joint function and may help slow down the progression of arthritis.

Diet modification

A diet high in essential fatty acids (with added nutriceuticals) may help reduce inflammation and improve your pet’s mobility. Ask us about the specific prescription diets we have available.

It’s essential you return for regular check ups so we can assess the progress of your pet and ‘tweak’ the program if necessary.

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