Osteoarthritis in dogs and cats – there’s a lot we can do to help

13 Nov 2018 | Pet Advice, Life stage support

As animals get older, normal wear and tear of the joints can result in pain and inflammation known as osteoarthritis. This condition is very common in older animals, however sadly often goes un-diagnosed.  It is a painful disease which can affect one or multiple joints, causing the following symptoms:

  • Lameness or limping
  • Stiffness
  • Quietness, withdrawal or pet not being usual self
  • Slowing down
  • Less keen to exercise, go on walks or play
  • Not able to jump up onto the sofa, bed or into cars
  • Muscle loss
  • Dragging or slipping of feet

Often, these typical signs of osteoarthritis, are mistaken for our pets simply getting older and because we blame old age for these problems, we presume that there is not much that can be done to help.

However, in actual fact, there are plenty of lifestyle changes and treatments available to pets who suffer with osteoarthritis, ranging from advice on simple environment changes, medications and supplements, laser therapy, and more recently acupuncture and exciting new stem cell therapy. With such a vast range of treatments available, we have helped lots of our clients’ pets and can help find a treatment programme which works for you and your pet.

So, especially if you have an older animal, why not contact us to ask about our:

  • Free 1:1 Nurse Consultation Clinic – this is a free clinic provided by our experienced nurses for new and existing arthritis patients. Our nurses will run through various areas of lifestyle and help advise on ways to help ease any pain. They can provide you with lots of tailored advice and information.  For pain relief there would be a need for an appointment with one of our vets.
  • Information pack which contains information on all the services we can offer osteoarthritic patients including gentle laser therapy, acupuncture, stem cell therapy, nutraceuticals.
  • Home Osteoarthritis Assessment – this is a new option available to clients where one of our experienced nurses will visit a home to do an assessment of the home environment in relation to a pet’s comfort and be able to make practical recommendations and source equipment for clients. The charge for this home visit is only £45 and can lead to significant and often unexpected benefits for a pet.
  • Discounts – for clients who have come in for a vet appointment, nurse clinic, or home visit, we currently have many discounts available to help with the cost of easing the condition. For example for a limited period only we are offering one month free of Onsior and Cimalgex, a money back guarantee if clients don’t see an improvement using Flexadin and 6 laser sessions for the price of 5. 

At Quantock Veterinary Hospital, we have a huge range of options available to improve your pet’s comfort and lifestyle so that they are able to cope better with osteoarthritis – please don’t delay, contact us to discuss ways in which we might be able to help your pet. 

And a reminder about two previous Pet of the Months – the adorable Barney (Pet of the Month June 2017) and the gorgeous Archie (Pet of the Month September 2018) whom had their lives improved through Laser Therapy and Regenerative Stem Cell therapy respectively, here at the Hospital! 

Do contact us if you would like to know more!