We are all getting older, and that includes your pets. As pets and people age, those nagging aches and pains seem to get worse and worse. There are many factors which can contribute to joint pain in your pet, including lack of physical exercise, poor diet, weight control, and some medications. As we deal with this cold winter weather, joint pain which may normally be manageable can be magnified, to the point where it begins affecting your pet's daily life.
Symptoms of your pet's pain can be easy or difficult to identify. Obvious symptoms include lethargy, stiffness, limping, or reluctance to move. Other behaviors which indicate your much your pet might be suffering include aggressive or defensive reactions when touched, unusual barking for no reason, or uncharacteristic hiding.
Fortunately there are several options available for managing your pet's joint pain. Sierra Veterinary Clinic offers advanced Cold Laser Therapy for our patients. The light in the laser activates cells in your pets body that increase blood flow to painful areas, improving circulation and reducing inflammation. We've seen outstanding results from this painless treatment over the course of just a few sessions.
Our veterinarians also have a variety of medications available to them. One of these is a medication called Previcox, specifically for dogs who suffer from Osteoarthritis. Previcox is a fast acting medication which provides relief from pain, reduces inflammation, and helps restore mobility for dogs suffering from osteoarthritis.
If your pet is showing signs that he or she may be in pain, schedule an appointment with one of our Veterinarians to evaluate your pet's condition and see if one of these options might help.
10 Signs Your Pet Might Be In Pain
In a perfect world, your pet would wake up each morning and tell you exactly how they're feeling and what they'd like to do today. If only it were that simple.
In reality, determining your pet's well being is a cooperative effort between you and your veterinarian. Watch for these warning signs that there might be changes occurring in your pet's health:
- Decreased energy
- Increased irritabilty
- Sensitivity to noise
- Stiffness while moving, especially after a nap
- Decreased self-grooming
- Repetitive activity
- Changes in sleep cycles
- Difficulty eating
- Weight loss
While there are many more things to watch for, these are some of the major warning signs that would indicate it's time for your pet to visit with a doctor here at Sierra Veterinary Clinic.