Osteoarthritis in Pets
Our canine and feline companions are living long active lives well into their geriatric years. Therefore assessing and treating osteoarthritis is an important part of geriatric pet care. Many pet owners make the comment that they believe arthritis is the cause of stiffness and a slow rising from rest in their pets. Up to 60% of dogs are diagnosed with the disease based upon radiographic evidence at some time in their life.
As with most medical conditions, treatments for osteoarthritis are specifically targeted to the physiologic processes that cause the disease. At Carlson Animal Hospital we strive to educate pet owners about the physiologic basis of the treatments we employ. In this blog we will delve into a bit more detail about the disease itself. (more…)