At Ark Vetcare we are committed to continually developing our clinical skills to offer your pets the best healthcare experience. Last week we took some time out to have a vets training day on arthritis and joint disease in our pets. With colder, damper weather on the way joint pain becomes more noticeable for our pets. This may manifest as increased lameness for dogs and is sometimes unnoticed in cats as they can hide normal outward signs of joint pain.We firmly believe we need to offer you the best Arthritis and Pain management strategies available in modern veterinary medicine.
We will usually want to x-ray the suspect joints to determine the severity of degenerative changes so we can best make our plan for your pet. The management plan is exactly that – a management plan that will likely be ongoing. There are many options but they fall into a few categories
We are delighted to offer platelet rich plasma therapy that we are using with great success for the last 13 months. The general principal is to use the bodies own tissue’s to promote regeneration in the joint. Consider it a form of stem cell therapy. It promotes healing and reduces the demand on pharmaceuticals.
Disease modifying Osteoarthritis Drugs – Cartrophen – it is an anti inflammatory ,it reduces damaging blood clots in the bones around joints and it promotes regeneration – it is given as a course of 4 injections.
The use of ongoing anti inflams is one of the main stays of Arthritis management – provided we are regularly monitoring your pets liver and kidney function this is a very meaningful way to manage degeneration and pain in your pets joints.
More weight on the joints affected will cause more pain – its that simple. Our team of trained nurses and vets will help your pet reach their appropriate weight using proven diets.
In some cases corrective surgery can be a valid option.It is generally only considered in severe cases and when other options have been tried.
Supplements that contain high concentrations of good quality omega oils ,glucosamine and chondroitin sulphate produce good benefits for early stage arthritis and slow progression. A full range of diets and supplements is available in all our clinics.
Cortisone Injection into joints
This is generally used to ease pain and inflammation in very severe cases of arthritis. It can really help restore quality of life through quality of mobility. Our team are fully trained to carry out these injections.
WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS WE HAVE MANY OPTIONS AND WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS NOT TO ALLOW ANY PETS SUFFER IN SILENCE – SO IF YOU THINK YOUR PET MAY HAVE ARTHRITIS THEN PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO SEE WHICH OPTIONS ARE BEST. ALL OF THESE OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE IN ARK VETCARE. BOOK AN APPOINTMENT ….
You can find out more on Arthritis here.