Dogs Get Arthritis Too!

Animals and humans alike have suffered from arthritis since the dinosaurs roamed the earth! Animals such as dogs share the same physiologic structures as humans; therefore they feel all of the same aches and pains.

The following are signs that your dog may be suffering from arthritis:

•  Favoring a limb

•  Difficulty sitting or standing

•  Sleeping more

•  Seeming to have stiff or sore joints

•  Hesitancy to jump, run or climb stairs

•  Weight gain

•  Decreased activity or less interest in play

•  Attitude or behavior changes

•  Decreased alertness

If your dog has been displaying one or a few of these symptoms for more than 2 weeks, they should be evaluated by a veterinarian. Your veterinarian will perform a physical exam and possibly take X-rays of your dog’s joints in order to make a diagnosis of arthritis.

Treatment of arthritis includes healthy lifestyle choices and pain relief. Your veterinarian may recommend a new diet and exercise plan along with some medications. Over-the-counter remedies such as glucosamine or omega fatty acids may help relieve symptoms. Additionally, your veterinarian may prescribe an anti-inflammatory medication or other pain reliever. It is important to treat an animal’s pain because when pain is left untreated, it can interfere with sleep, depress the immune system and slow healing time.

If your veterinarian prescribes a medication for your animal, you may be able to have Stafford Pharmacy prepare it for you! We specialize in veterinary medication and can make custom medications specifically for your animal. We can make everything from beef flavoured capsules to animal treats with the medication inside. Ask one of our pharmacy members today if we can help treat your animals arthritis pain!

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