Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital Offers Arthritis Treatments for Pets in Las Vegas, NV
Animals can develop arthritis just like people. Osteoarthritis is the term given to the normal wear and tear on joints that occurs with aging. This progressive condition worsens over time, causing pain and loss of normal mobility. At Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital in Las Vegas, we can provide effective treatment to help your pet’s arthritis pain and problems with movement.
Signs of Arthritis
Both cats and dogs can suffer from arthritis, although the symptoms may be different in each species. You may notice your dog takes more time getting up from a lying down position. Animals with arthritis often take the stairs at a slower pace. They may seem less inclined to play and become fatigued sooner. Some large breeds of dogs are more susceptible to arthritis and may show signs of difficulty at an earlier age. Cats may develop problems using the litter box because they can’t get in and out as easily. They may lick at sore joints.
Your vet in Las Vegas will take a full medical history of your dog or cat. Blood tests can reveal inflammation and other conditions in the body. X-rays and ultrasound testing can reveal damage to the bones and joints. Other types of testing can help pinpoint the source of the problem and determine its extent. Together, these measures provide a full picture of joint and spinal problems, so appropriate treatment can be administered.
Helping Animals with Arthritis to Function More Effectively
Your Las Vegas veterinarian can provide pain medications to allow more comfortable movement. Injections are also available that relieve inflammation and improve lubrication and cartilage formation. Nutritional supplements can help to reduce discomfort and improve mobility. Physical therapy helps to keep animals mobile. If necessary, surgery can be performed to repair or replace joint structures. Your vet may also recommend providing warm, padded bedding to support the animal’s joints, weight management to put less stress on joints and changes in exercise levels.
Make Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital Your Veterinarian in Las Vegas
Dr. Pribyl, Dr. Fujikawa and the team at Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital are committed to providing compassionate veterinary care for animals in Las Vegas, NV and nearby communities. We offer a full range of services, including vaccinations, dental care, diagnostic services, surgery and arthritis care. Contact Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital today at (702) 259-9200 for an appointment to learn more about treatments for arthritis that can help keep your pet more comfortable and more active.