WHAT IS OSTEOARTHRITIS?
Just like us, dogs and cats can suffer from Arthritis. Subtle changes in your pet’s behaviour may be linked to the progression of arthritis.
Osteoarthritis (OA), is a chronic degenerative condition. It can be present at any age but is more prevalent with age. OA affects 4/5 elderly dogs and 90% of cats over 12. Structures from within a joint degenerate over time, as a result
pain occurs within that joint causing reduced movement. Consequently, surrounding structures become weak and the body overcompensates in other areas (causing more pain). OA cannot be cured, and does progress. However, with owner
compliance and veterinary care, steps can be taken to alleviate pain and improve quality of life.
If you suspect your pet may be suffering from osteoarthritis, please contact the surgery on 01608 730501 and we can get you booked in with a Veterinary surgeon who can discuss the most appropriate treatment plan. Our Registered Nurses also run Senior health checks, to discuss issues that affect our older pets and how we can assist them at home.
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