As a whole, our family pets are living longer and healthier lives. As our pets age, they develop very similar age related diseases as we do. One of the most common diseases in aging dogs and cats is osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease (DJD). Osteoarthritis is a slow erosion of the cartilage that lines the joints. As this cartilage erodes, bone rubs on bone and inflammation develops. As the disease advances, boney points (osteophytes) develop in the joint. We can see this on X-rays of the affected joints. Veterinarians are faced with managing the chronic pain and we want you to help recognize the problem and know of all the options for managing this painful disease.
Recognizing chronic pain in pets-
Pain in pets is often difficult to recognize because they are naturally inclined to hide their pain so that they don't draw attention to their weakness. But as osteoarthritis advances slowly, the signs of pain may be subtle, but constant. In order to help determine if your pet may be suffering in silence, look for these signs at home.
Management of Osteoarthritis in pets
A multimodal (using several methods or medications) approach to managing chronic joint disease is currently the most effective and safest way to manage a pet's pain. Often focusing on only one therapeutic method will not be as helpful as doing many at the same time.
Monday 7:30 am to 5:30 pm
Tuesday 7:30 am to 5:30 pm
Wednesday 7:30 am to 5:30 pm
We are open later for your convenience on Thursdays.
Thursday 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Friday 7:30 am to 5:30 pm
Saturday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
For after hours services please contact:
Nashville Veterinary Specialists (NVS)
BluePearl in Franklin
BLUE OASIS PET HOSPITAL
200 Crossings Lane; Suite 400
Mount Juliet, TN 37122
FAX (615) 288-3356