Many of our pets develop some form of joint disease during their life. It can sometimes be difficult to detect, as pets are unable to tell us when or where they hurt and the obvious signs are generally only visible to the eye once the disease has progressed. Joint disease can be very debilitating, to the point where it affects our pet’s quality of life.

While some pets may develop joint disease in the earlier years of their lives, symptoms will often not appear until the disease is quite progressed. This may vary depending on your pet’s breed, size and predisposition. It is evident that larger dog breeds such as German Shepherds, Rottweiler’s, Labradors and Mastiffs, appear to be more susceptible than smaller breeds.

The most common signs of joint disease include stiffness, limping, swelling or favouring of a limb – particularly after sleep or resting, inability to rise, reluctance to jump or even climb stairs, and noticeable pain.

Joint diseases occurs in many conditions such as but not limited to:

  • Arthritis
  • Ruptured cruciate ligament
  • Hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia
  • Luxating patella
  • Obesity
  • Cancer
Management of Joint Disease

There are a number of management options for pets suffering with joint disease, some of which may include Cartrophen (Pentosan), anti-inflammatory pain relief medications, supplements, special diets, physical therapy and surgical procedures. To discuss an arthritis management plan for your pet, please call us at MVH.