Of Pets and Arthritis
It’s that time of year! The sun is shining finally and the fresh air beckons! Dog parks are bursting with wiggling, happy dogs working feverishly to expend that pent-up energy from the rainy season and cats are stretching out those long legs and having to move from sun spot to sun spot rather than curling into a tight warm ball in the corner.
It’s a joyful time of year for pet owners, but it’s also a common time of year that we hear concerns from clients who are noticing a stiffness or slowness to rise in their older pets the day after some exertion, caused by arthritis. Getting old is hard—we would argue that watching our pets getting old is harder.
However, you don’t have to just watch on the sidelines—there are things you can do to safely manage your pet’s arthritis, whether on an as-needed, weekly or even daily basis. Ask us about what may work best for your pet—at West Valley Pet Clinic, we offer medical options like:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (safe and approved for pets)
- Nerve pain medication
- Injections to increase joint fluid production and cartilage
- Laser therapy
Each pet is different, but we can help tailor a comfort plan for your pet and their needs! For more information on how to help your very best friend with arthritis, contact us at (669) 266-7957.