Pets of all species are very good at hiding pain. Their symptoms may be so subtle that it is unrecognizable. Pain can affect the long term health of your pet along with decreasing his/her quality of life.
- May lick the affected joint
- Fall behind on walks
- Loss of muscle mass
- Stiffness on rising or lying down
- Reluctance to go up OR down stairs
- Reluctance to jump (up on sofas or in and out of the car)
- Limping or favoring a limb even if it doesn’t occur all the time
- Lethargic or hiding more
- Decreased appetite
- Limping or favoring a side
- Difficulty getting in or out of the litterbox (this may present as inappropriate urination or going to the bathroom around the litter box)
- Reluctance to jump or climb
- Poor grooming
If your pet is displaying any of these signs, he/she may be in pain, and you should contact your veterinarian. There are different ways to alleviate pain in our pets.
First, your vet will take a history to determine if you are seeing any of the above signs. Next your veterinarian will perform an exam. This usually involves range of motion, palpating the muscles, and applying pressure to certain points on the body. They will try to locate the source of the pain. Osteoarthritis can affect a single joint, multiple joints, or even a section of the spine. Often times an x-ray may be warranted to discover why that joint hurts.
Non- surgical treatment for pain can consist of medications, supplements, herbal remedies, acupuncture, therapy laser, physical therapy, support braces, injections (Adequan and PRP) and CBD oil.