Joint Care for Dogs and Cats
Joints of our amazing pets go through a great deal of stress. From endlessly chasing tennis balls, to swimming and jumping and overall playing. Some dogs have a worse time with joint problems such as CCL tears (the same ligament as the ACL in humans) tears and osteoarthritis.
It’s important to speak to your vet about your pet’s joints and how to manage their care to ensure they’re thriving and not slowing down anytime soon.
How We Care For the Joints of Your Pets
Annual Pet Exam
During our Pet Exams, our veterinarians will look over your pet’s joints and evaluate the weight to ensure your pet is getting the appropriate exercise in order to prevent problems and surgery in the future. The veterinarian may suggest diet additives especially if the breed of your pet is more prone to developing joint trouble. Some common joint problems include:
- Osteoarthritis — chronic joint inflammation caused by deterioration of joint cartilage. Older dogs are highest risk.
- Hip Dysplasia — The abnormal formation of the hip socket which may cause lameness or painful arthritis of the joints.
- CCL Rupture — Cranial cruciate ligament is the tearing of an important ligament in the knee which results in partial or complete joint instability, pain, and lameness.
- Lux Patellas — Dislocation of the kneecap.
Proper nutrition can also play a big part into resolving your pet’s joint problems, so be sure to consult with your veterinarian for advice.
Speak to your veterinarian to determine the best plan for your pet’s joints.