As your pet get older, the cartilage surfaces of their joints start to thin and eventually the cartilage cells die. When the cells die, they release enzymes that cause inflammation of the joints and also excessive joint fluid. Extra bone growth can also develop at this time. All of this can change the motion of an animal’s joints and cause ongoing pain.

If you bring your pet to our office, you will be able to see these changes with an X-ray of your pet. During a physical exam, our veterinarians rely on your pet’s pain response to joint palpation, the detection of crepitus, the observation of gait, and the presence of muscle atrophy to diagnose osteoarthritis.

If it always tough for an owner to see a pet in pain. We understand this and are always available to speak with you about it. Whether you need someone to talk to or have questions, we can always help. Everyone on our staff is an animal lover, and we will always treat your pet like our own.

The severity of your pet’s arthritis will determine our treatment plan. A simple massage may assist a pet in managing the pain. This will start blood flow in the area that is being massaged. We are also able to assist your pet by giving shots to alleviate the pain. We will be happy to sit down with you and speak to you about your options.

If you pet has arthritis, contact us today at 813-527-0786. We will be happy to answer any of your questions or set up an appointment.