Pain Relief for Pet Arthritis
Like humans, pets can develop arthritis. This condition can affect one or more joints in your pet's body. While pet arthritis is a chronic condition, our veterinarian at Trinity Pet Hospital in Laguna Hills will develop a treatment plan to help ease your pet's pain and improve his range of motion.
Veterinary Care for Your Pet's Arthritis
There are medications that our veterinarian can provide for your pet to help relieve the pain and the stiffness in his joints. These medications include:
Osteoarthritis drugs: These medications are designed to help with joint cartilage repair, help stabilize joint membranes, and improve lubrication in the joints.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs): This mediation can reduce inflammation in the joints, which will help relieve your pet's pain.
Our veterinarian will also create a physical therapy regimen to help with the stiffness and to improve your pet’s range of motion.
Pet Owners Can Help at Home
There are ways that you can help your pet at home. The first is weight management. If your pet is overweight or obese, it can cause his arthritis symptoms to feel worse. If this is the case, you can put your pet on a diet. If you aren't sure what to feed your pet, our veterinarian can help you create a diet regimen.
It will also help your pet if you make some changes in the home to make him more comfortable. Your pet will benefit from a soft bed with additional padding to protect his sore joints. If your pet sits on your bed or the sofa, you should add a set of pet stairs so that your pet won't need to jump up and down. If you are taking your pet for a ride in the car, help him in and out to prevent injury. Finally, if Dr. Kerolos recommends physical therapy, you should do your best to stick with the daily regimen. Consistency is essential if your pet is going to benefit from physical therapy.
Treatment for Pet Arthritis in Laguna Hills, CA
We will diagnose and treat your pet's arthritis. We also specialize in geriatric pet care. If your pet is showing signs of arthritis, call Trinity Pet Hospital today at 949-232-1788 to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.