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At Vetsure, we understand the strong bond between owners and their pets. It is our belief that you should never have to compromise on your four-legged friend’s health.
We know it can be worrying when our furry family members are unwell or diagnosed with a long-term illness but we are here to help you through the tough times so you can get back to enjoying the fun parts of pet ownership.
We have compiled this basic fact sheet to help shed some light on Osteoarthritis, how it can be treated and what can be expected in most cases.
This is not a fully comprehensive guide and you should obtain further information from your veterinary practice.
Dogs with osteoarthritis tend to display the following clinical signs:
If your veterinary surgeon feels that your dog is displaying any of the common clinical signs, they may recommend carrying out some x-rays, along with a thorough clinical examination. X-rays will involve a general anaesthetic and a stay in the hospital for the day. This can be booked in at any Vetsure clinic and most x-ray results are usually ready by the time your pet is ready to go home.
Your veterinary practice will provide a complete overview once a diagnosis has been made and they will work with you to provide a treatment plan that is best for your pet.
The treatment recommended is generally daily medication or in some cases a special clinical diet and weight loss where appropriate. Exercises and supplements can also be used alongside medications, however your veterinary surgeon will advise you on the best treatment tailored to your pet’s needs.
The following options may be available for the treatment of this condition:
Dogs with Osteoarthritis can live a long and healthy life following the correct treatment. This condition does require long term management and observations, and they will become a regular visitor at your Veterinary Practice.
We hope this has given you a better insight into Osteoarthritis, however, if you have any further questions always seek veterinary advice.
Pets aren’t always cheap to look after, especially if something goes wrong, which is why insurance has now become a necessity for most owners. You can find out more about the benefits of our Dog Insurance policies and Cat Insurance policies or get a quote online alternatively please feel free to give us a call on 0800 050 2022 – we’d be happy to help wherever possible.