Arthritis in Dogs and Treatment Options in Naples
Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints and can cause pain or an
inability to use the affected joint or limb. Arthritis can be seen as difficulty
getting up, walking or running. The body can compensate for a while then it will
need help! The Doctors at All Animals Clinic can determine the best approach for
your pet by using X-ray equipment and even lab tests. Lab tests can help
determine which medications would be appropriate.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for arthritis but the availability of advanced
medications can sure improve your pets' quality of life!
Arthritis can be caused by several factors. Factors causing arthritis can
range from the natural aging process of your pets', old injuries, genetics, or a
break down of fluid that lubricates joints.
Arthritis symptoms can vary but may appear initially as difficulty
getting up initially that goes away as the pet "warms" out of the discomfort.
Arthritis can get more severe with time and can appear as gradual or sudden
onset of lameness with the pet having difficulty moving quickly or inability/
unwillingness to move. Arthritis can cause the pet to move with a "hunched"
appearance or the pet may hold up the affected limb.
The doctors at All Animals Clinic have the equipment and experience
to perform the various tests needed to detect arthritis. Arthritis can be
detected using simple neurological tests, x-rays or more in depth tests.
Arthritis treatment can vary depending on the severity, cause and
location. The doctors at All Animals Clinic can discuss which option is best for
your pet once these factors have been determined. All Animals Clinic has the
latest anti-inflammatory and analgesic medications and supplements available.
The doctors and staff at All Animals Clinic will be happy to
discuss your pets needs and answer your questions.