Newtown Veterinary Clinic

03 5221 5333

Could it be arthritis?

VETERINARY CARE

Arthritis can be very painful. Thankfully as veterinarians we have many options that allow us to find the best program:

  • Pain relief medications come in special formulations for pets in beefy tablets or honey-flavoured drops that are sprinkled onto their food.
  • Injections to help reduce inflammation and increase lubrication of joints.
  • Some nutraceuticals may help protect joints.
  • Veterinary prescription diets mean arthritis treatment could be as simple as a bowl of food.

WEIGHT CONTROL & EXERCISE

  • Carrying extra weight can cause irritation and inflammation, so it’s important to keep your pet at a healthy weight. Cats need extra care to help them reduce weight gradually. Please ask us for advice.
  • Exercise keeps joints mobile and builds up muscles to support affected joints. On-leash walks or swimming are ideal ways to do this.

HOME COMFORTS

  • Supply warm, comfy beds with padding, such as trampoline beds that sit off the floor.
  • Consider ramps to make it easier for dogs to navigate steps and get into cars.
  • Low-sided litter trays for cats can help make toilet trips easier.
  • Regular brushing can reduce matting.