Understanding Osteoarthritis in Dogs and Cats-Onalaska Animal Hospital.

Understanding osteoarthritis in dogs and cats - Onalaska Animal Hospital

Osteoarthritis in dogs and cats is more common than you might think. This degenerative joint disease can sneak up, affecting your pet's mobility and quality of life. But how do you spot the signs early and what can be done to help? Let's decode the condition and explore ways to keep our four-legged companions comfortable and active.

What is osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis, also known as OA, is a common joint disease that affects both dogs and cats, especially as they age. It is characterized by the degeneration of articular cartilage and the formation of bone growths within the joints. This can cause pain, stiffness, and limited range of motion. 

In dogs and cats, OA can be the result of several factors, including genetics, past injuries, joint instability, and developmental problems. It is more common in older pets, but can affect animals of any age. 

Diagnosis of osteoarthritis 

Diagnosis of osteoarthritis usually involves a combination of physical examination and diagnostic tests. Our experienced veterinarians at Onalaska Veterinary Hospital will perform a thorough examination, including x-rays, synovial fluid analysis, and blood tests to rule out other possible causes of discomfort.

Treatment options

At Onalaska Animal Hospital, we understand that your pet's comfort and well-being are your top priorities. That's why we offer a range of effective treatment options for osteoarthritis in dogs and cats:

  1. Pain management

Managing pain is a critical aspect of OA treatment. Our experienced team can recommend medications and therapies that help alleviate discomfort and improve your pet's quality of life.

  1. Weight management

Maintaining a healthy weight is essential for pets with OA. Excess weight places additional stress on the joints, exacerbating the condition. Our experts will work with you to create a tailored nutrition and exercise plan.

  1. Physical therapy

Physical therapy and rehabilitation can be highly beneficial for pets with OA. We offer a variety of treatments, including hydrotherapy and therapeutic exercises, to improve joint function and mobility.

  1. Joint supplements

Certain supplements like glucosamine and chondroitin can help support joint health. Our team can recommend the right supplements for your pet's specific needs.

  1. Surgery

In some cases, surgical intervention may be necessary. Our skilled surgeons can perform procedures to repair or replace damaged joints, providing long-term relief for your pet.

Compassionate care at Onalaska Animal Hospital

At Onalaska Animal Hospital, we are committed to improving the lives of your furry family members. If you suspect your dog or cat is suffering from osteoarthritis, our team of experts will provide compassionate care and personalized treatment options. Your pet's comfort and health are our top priority, and we are committed to helping them live their best life. 

Osteoarthritis can be difficult, but with the right support and care, your pet can live a happy and comfortable life. Contact Onalaska Animal Hospital today to schedule an appointment and put your pet on the path to recovery.