Arthritis in Dogs, Diagnosed and Treated at Our Animal Hospital in Plantsville

Arthritis is a common affliction in dogs as they get older. This condition is one that worsens over time and can become completely debilitating if not addressed in a timely manner.  The day to day stress and strain on the animal’s joints can lead to arthritis, a condition that does not have a cure. If you are concerned that your dog may be suffering from arthritis, take a look at the symptoms below.  Be sure to mention any of these symptoms that your dog may be showing at your next pet wellness exam. Our veterinarians, Dr. Freiman and Dr. Rothstein, will evaluate any potential problems and discuss possible treatments if needed.

Common Symptoms of Canine Arthritis to Look for During a Pet Wellness Exam

An early observation can help your veterinarian to diagnose and begin arthritis treatment right away so that your dog can enjoy greater mobility and less pain. If you are concerned that your pet may be suffering from arthritis be sure to bring your observations to the veterinarian’s attention at your next appointment.

  • Difficulty standing
  • Stiffness or unsteadiness upon standing after a long rest
  • Repetitious licking of their joints
  • Walking slower than usual
  • A decrease in activity level and/or lethargy

Veterinary Care for Arthritis in Dogs

Diet and exercise are two of the most impactful parts of your dog’s life and changes in these two can make a world of difference to his health. If your pet is overweight, it may be time to look for a new type of food and an increase in her level of exercise.

There are many different options for veterinary care for your dog’s arthritis. Dr. Freiman or Dr. Rothstein can determine the best course of action during your pet wellness exam and may prescribe medications, administer an injection, or recommend non-invasive treatments, such as acupuncture magnetic therapy hydrotherapy, and others. If the damage is severe, as in the case of a severely eroded cartilage, your vet may recommend surgery to increase your pup’s level of comfort.

Apple Valley Veterinarians in Southington is Standing By!

If you are a pet family that is looking for a veterinarian, please stop in and visit the Apple Valley Veterinarians animal clinic. Our practice was founded in 1972 by Dr. Herbert Freiman and continues to thrive today.

We are a dedicated veterinary office in Southington, located at 1218 S. South Main Street in Plantsville, CT. We are a loving and gentle veterinary practice that offers the best care utilizing the latest in technological advances and procedures, so please give Apple Valley Veterinarians a call today at (860) 628-9635 to schedule an appointment.