Osteoarthritis TREATMENT FOR Dogs and Cats IN Canton, mi
Osteoarthritis is a progressive disease that can also cause considerable discomfort for your pet. It is often assumed to be a sign of aging in animals, but this is not generally the case. Many dogs and cats develop osteoarthritis early in life as a result of developmental issues, and they adapt to their discomfort to live as normally as possible. However, over time, their condition will deteriorate and become harder to treat. Early diagnosis and treatment are necessary to curb the progression of osteoarthritis and give your pet a healthier future. Our Canton, MI animal hospital specializes in osteoarthritis treatment and pain management in dogs and cats.
Signs of Osteoarthritis in Dogs and Cats
How can you tell if your pet has osteoarthritis? The signs are not always obvious, but there are certain behaviors exhibited by dogs and cats when they attempt to adapt to the pain of their condition.
Some of the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis in dogs include:
- Decreased activity
- Reluctance or inability to jump up on the bed or sofa
- Lack of interest in exercising
- Reluctance or inability to go up/down the stairs
Cats are notoriously skilled at concealing signs of chronic pain. You probably won’t catch them limping or dragging a limb. But you know their behavior better than anyone, and you might be able to pick up on behavioral changes that might indicate osteoarthritis in your cat, such as:
- Reluctance or inability to jump up on things they used to
- Loss of gracefulness and fluidity of movement
- Lack of interest in playing
- Reluctance or inability to go up or down the stairs
- Not always using the litter box
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How to Treat Osteoarthritis in Dogs and Cats
Arbor Pointe Veterinary Hospital in Canton, MI offers several osteoarthritis treatment options for pets, including the first approved arthritis drug for cats, Solensia™. Our goal is to help you manage your pet’s osteoarthritis pain so they can enjoy a more comfortable and mobile life.
OA Treatment Options for Dogs
- Librela (monoclonal antibody injection, coming soon)
- Laser therapy
- Platelet rich plasma (PRP)
OA Treatment Options for Cats
- Laser therapy
In the cases of both dogs and cats, we can supplement their osteoarthritis treatment with laser therapy and acupuncture. These modalities provide pain relief, decreased inflammation, and improved circulation. Platelet rich plasma is a regenerative therapy for dogs that can help to repair damaged tissues in the joints.
What is Solensia™?
Solensia is a monthly injectable monoclonal antibody treatment for cats designed to limit Nerve Growth Factor and its effects on arthritic joints. Solensia is proven to be safe, effective, and long-acting, so cats can be treated longer for their osteoarthritis pain.
Arbor Pointe Veterinary Hospital is one of the few practices in the US with early access to Solensia, as Dr. Petty has been instrumental in the drug’s development. Our Canton, MI animal hospital is excited to offer this innovative treatment to our feline patients, because a large percentage of adult cats are living with osteoarthritis and not receiving the care they need.
Dr. Petty and his Arbor Pointe staff are so very compassionate and extremely professional! I’ve taken my dogs and cats here for years. The clinic is pristinely clean! I very much appreciate their excellent communication and total up to date knowledge for the needs of my fur babies! Highly recommend!
Jake was never a “normal” dog. Everything seemed to hurt or scare him. When my vet suggested I see Dr. Petty, I immediately made an appointment. Despite the hour trip, we have been seeing him ever since. Jake is a much happier boy. Now that Dr. Petty has cared for him, he is living his best life.
When the emergency veterinarian said my cat was going to die, I went to Dr. Petty. After a series of treatments, my cat lived 9 more years. Ever since, I have brought all my pets to Arbor Pointe. Dr. Petty is kind, compassionate, wicked smart, willing to think outside the box, and just a darn good veterinarian.