Chronic Disease Management

Arthritis

Arthritis

Arthritis is a complex condition involving inflammation and degeneration of one or more joints. Dogs and cats with arthritis experience pain and inflammation in various joints that interfere with the activities of daily living.


Arthritis is diagnosed through a combination of a thorough physical examination, a palpation (feeling with the fingers to localize pain and determine its intensity), and additional diagnostics including x-rays or other imaging technology.


Arthritis can not be cured and therefore it’s important to monitor your pets’ arthritis closely with proper nutrition and medication to keep it under control.


Nutrition

Normalizing body condition is critical, so your veterinarian will prescribe a specific nutritional product to accomplish this goal. There is now a nutrient profile that can support the joints while helping to normalize body weight and condition. It is important to stick strictly to the prescribed nutritional program.


Pain medications

Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) are generally used as the first line of defense against the pain of arthritis. Your veterinarian will determine if your pet is a good candidate for this class of medication.


Occasionally, a corticosteroid anti-inflammatory drug will be prescribed instead of a NSAID. The two classes of medication CANNOT be used together.