Managing and Treating Joint Pain in Senior Pets
November is Senior Pet Month, and it’s the purr-fect time to address a common issue that affects our older furry family members—joint pain. The team at Bowman Animal Hospital and Cat Clinic in Raleigh, NC, wants you to be well-informed about this condition so you can give your pet the best quality of life possible. Remember, if you notice signs of joint pain in your senior pet, give us a call at (919) 847-6216 to schedule an appointment. Let’s get your four-legged friend back to feeling their best!
The Importance of Senior Pet Month for Joint Health
Senior Pet Month is more than just an awareness campaign; it’s a timely reminder to focus on the specific health needs of our aging pets. As our pets grow older, their joints may suffer from wear and tear, leading to pain and mobility issues. But the good news is that joint pain is manageable when addressed promptly and properly.
Importance of Regular Veterinary Check-Ups
Especially for senior pets, regular vet visits are crucial. These visits allow your veterinarian to monitor for early signs of joint pain, among other aging-related conditions. Early detection can make a world of difference in your pet’s treatment options and quality of life.
Signs of Joint Pain in Senior Pets
If you notice your pet limping, having difficulty standing up, or avoiding their usual activities like jumping onto furniture or going for walks, it’s time to pay attention. Other signs might include vocalization when moving, reluctance to go up and down stairs, and general lethargy.
How We Manage and Treat Joint Pain at Bowman Animal Hospital and Cat Clinic
Diagnostic Procedures for Identifying Joint Pain
Before beginning any treatment, our veterinarians use state-of-the-art diagnostic techniques to get to the root of the problem. This may include X-rays, ultrasound, and sometimes even CT scans or MRIs to fully understand the extent of your pet’s condition.
Once we’ve identified that joint pain is the culprit, our veterinary team will outline a comprehensive treatment plan. This could involve medication for pain management, dietary changes to manage weight (as excess weight can exacerbate joint pain), and possibly even surgical intervention in severe cases.
We also offer Librela and Solensia, injectable medications to treat arthritis pain in dogs and cats. These medications are designed to help control the pain and swelling associated with arthritis, and allow your pets to have a better quality of life.
Post-Treatment Care and Ongoing Support
After your pet begins treatment, regular check-ups will help us monitor their progress and make any necessary adjustments to their treatment plan. Our goal is to provide your senior pet with the most comfortable and active life possible.
In conclusion, our furry family members give us unconditional love and companionship, and they deserve the best care, especially as they age. During Senior Pet Month, let’s make a concerted effort to understand and manage joint pain in our senior pets. Early detection, thorough diagnosis, and appropriate treatment can make all the difference.
To learn more or to schedule a check-up for your senior pet, don’t hesitate to call Bowman Animal Hospital and Cat Clinic at (919) 847-6216. We’re here to help your pet live a long, happy, and pain-free life!
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About Bowman Animal Hospital & Cat Clinic
Established in 1986 by Dr. Gale Bowman, Bowman Animal Hospital and Cat Clinic is dedicated solely to the health and well-being of our pet community. We are a team of compassionate veterinarians and pet lovers who invest our time and resources into providing the very best medical care to your pet.