dog going for a walk without pain after osteoarthritis treatment

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.

Is your pet no longer acting like themselves? They could be living with osteoarthritis pain. Call us today at (734) 844-8844 or book an appointment online.

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
  • Lameness
  • Listlessness
  • 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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Do you think your dog or cat may be suffering from osteoarthritis? Call Arbor Pointe Veterinary Hospital today at (734) 844-8844 or book an appointment here.

To get a better visual idea of what osteoarthritis may look like in your cat, consult this checklist.

For additional resources on managing feline osteoarthritis, click here.

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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

  • NSAIDs
  • Librela (monoclonal antibody injection)
  • Laser therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Platelet rich plasma (PRP)

OA Treatment Options for Cats

  • Solensia
  • Laser therapy
  • Acupuncture

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.

If you suspect your pet is in pain due to osteoarthritis or some other chronic condition, contact our hospital today at (734) 844-8844 or make an appointment online.

Veterinarian giving an injection to a cat