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Arthritis Treatment for Dogs

If you noticed that your senior dog is slowing down in recent years, playing less and sleeping more, arthritis could be to blame. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease. As a dog ages, the cartilage in their joints begins to thin. This cartilage serves to cushion and protect the joint, and if it thins too much, the bones can rub against each other causing more pain and discomfort. Inflammation in the joint capsule can also lead to the development of extra bony growths, known as spurs. Any joint in your dog’s body can be affected, but the most common locations are the hips, elbows, knees, wrists, shoulders, ankles, and lower back.

What are the symptoms of arthritis in dogs?

Symptoms can include:
• Lameness and stiffness (especially after rest)
• Slow gait, reluctance to jump, or to be active and difficulty in rising from rest
• Lethargy and tendency to sleep more
• Urinary accidents
• Muscle wasting and swelling or heat may be observed around affected joints
• Pain with vocalization when touched
• Licking of joints
• Gain or loss of weight
• Depression or even nervous or aggressive behavior

What causes arthritis in dogs?

Often, arthritis is a problem seen in older dogs, but can also develop from an early age following problems with bone and joint development. Most cases develop as a result of abnormal rubbing within the joint caused by joint instability (e.g. after ligament damage), damage to or abnormal cartilage development, or damage caused by trauma (e.g. fractures).

What are some treatment options for arthritis in dogs?

At Catrysse Veterinary Services, we establish a treatment plan individualized to each dog. The treatment for arthritis in dogs is generally geared toward reducing pain and maintaining muscle mass and joint mobility. Weight loss/management may be discussed as well.

Can I give my dog Aspirin?

Veterinarians do prescribe Aspirin for dogs sometimes, but aspirin has some severe side effects that dog owners need to be aware of. Before you give Aspirin to your pet, talk to your veterinarian first.

Last updated: May 11, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 11, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Catrysse Veterinary Services