Pain management is not an option –– it’s an imperative. It can be one of the most complex aspects of being the caregiver of a sick animal. Animals have a natural instinct to hide pain, so signs of pain may be very difficult to detect and may include symptoms such as turning away a treat, slowly eating their food or sleeping loss. In cases of severe pain, your pet may show unusual aggressiveness, such as barking, snarling and snapping.
At Best Friends Veterinary Hospital, we recognize that our pets might develop chronic pain conditions as they age. Arthritis is an inflammatory condition prevalent in older pets which can negatively impact their quality of life.
Types of Arthritis:
Many options are available to treat arthritis, targeted to the specific type and cause of the condition. Surgery might be needed in cases where a joint must be stabilized. DJD can be treated with NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), pain medication such as Tramadol, cartilage protective agents such as glucosamine or Adequan, acupuncture, or steroids, as a last resort. (It should be noted that at Best Friends Veterinary Hospital, we use NSAIDs developed specifically for pets, not those made for humans, as those are likely to cause ulcers in dogs, while most NSAIDs cannot be used for cats.)