Osteoarthritis in Cats & Dogs

Our Ceres vets provide therapeutic treatments to relieve chronic pain caused by osteoarthritis and degenerative disease in cats and dogs, and therapies to improve joint health.

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Osteoarthritis in Pets

Osteoarthritis (OA) or degenerative joint disease (DJD) is the progressive and permanent long-term deterioration of the cartilage that surrounds the joints. 

Animals experiencing OA/DJD typically experience chronic pain and discomfort, muscle weakness and other symptoms. 

Designing an effective custom treatment program involves understanding the process of OA/DJD formation in your pet.

From there, we can determine which treatments are required, target our therapies and assist in disease management. 

Osteoarthritis in Cats & Dogs, Ceres Vet

What to Expect During Treatment for Osteoarthritis

Since no single therapeutic intervention will yield the best outcome, treatment for OA/DJD will likely consist of a combination of therapies ranging from massage, therapeutic exercise and range of motion stretches to nutritional supplements.

Rehabilitation Options for Osteoarthritis

Our highly trained veterinarians at American Pet Clinic typically employ a combination of therapeutic interventions to treat OA/DJD in cats and dogs, including but not limited to:

  • Massage 
  • Therapeutic exercise 
  • Aquatic therapy 
  • Range of motion stretches
  • Weight management 
  • Acupuncture
  • Pharmacologic agents (anti-inflammatories, pain relievers, joint protectors)
  • Nutritional supplements

Appropriate interventions are used on a case-by-case basis.

Osteoarthritis & Rehab FAQs

Read our most frequently asked questions about osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease and rehabilitation. If you have a different question, contact us and we'll do our best to answer it.

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