Prevention and Cure of Arthritis in Your Pets
If you think you’re the only one who’s finding it difficult to get out of bed in the morning or go down the stairs to cook some breakfast because of arthritis, think again.
Like thousands of people, especially elders, arthritis is a common companion as they grow older. This painful disorder that is caused by the inflammation of one or more joints has been reported by medical experts to come in over 100 different types.
However, people aren’t the only victims of arthritis. Even your most beloved pets can suffer from this painful experience.
According to Dr. Tom Burns, hospital director at Cape Cod Veterinary Associates, “arthritis is more often noticeable in dogs, but cats also suffer from arthritis much more often than many owners realize.” Burns states that the effects of illness and pain are less prominent in cats and, at oftentimes, the owner will only notice the signs when the illness has progressed to moderate or severe degrees.
Steve Dale, a well-known pet columnist, also states that there are several apparent signs that a cat may be suffering from the condition. This includes being hesitant to jump on tabletops and kitchen counters and inability to walk up and down the stairs to eat or use the litter box. Dale also tells us that it’s much simpler and easier to detect the condition in dogs when they flimsy out or have a hard time traveling even in near places.
Veterinary professionals have all acknowledged the importance for pet owners to take the early effects and signs of the condition seriously, particularly when arthritis is still in a mild state and treatment choices are more effective and less costly.
Burns also states that while some owners perceive the condition as one of the effects of aging, in reality, age is not a medical condition. Moreover, “while we all have a few aches and pains, many more dogs and cats live in chronic pain that need to, and can easily and effectively be treated.”, as stated by Burns. In addition, the doctor states “sometimes the most telling early signs include a pet’s ‘stiff’ gait upon rising after a long rest. If your pet commonly limps after sleeping, arthritis or other orthopedic conditions should be suspected.”
The doctor also points out that though there is no definite cure for the condition, the most efficient treatment programs are multimodal, meaning the use of a mixture of treatments as opposed to using a single one. The doctor states that this enables for reduced overdosing of drugs as well as a decrease in the risk for unwanted side effects of any of the treatments used.
Burns points out, “the main objective of treatment is to increase the quality of life and decrease the progression of the condition.”
He also stated that a huge part of the pain that is linked with the condition can be managed effectively. This means that there is no good reason to let your pets suffer and live in chronic pain with no curative options available.
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