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Arthritis and Animals

As our furry friends’ age, they tend to move slower and slower. Your cat might not be stepping all the way into the litterbox and doing his business over the side? Your dog seems very sore after a day of running with her friends? Likely, your animal is suffering from Osteoarthritis (OA). It’s the most common form of arthritis and is present in 20% of dogs over the age of 1 year. OA is a slow, progressive disorder of the joint. Another common name for OA is Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD).

Common causes of OA:

  • Bloodflow – blockages of blood vessels that supply nutrition to the joint
  • Joint fluid – natural joint fluid is of a poor quality
  • Joint cartilage – a natural shock-absorber that breaks down
  • Immune response – body’s response to abnormal processes, such as joint inflammation

OA can cause pain, lameness and inflammation. Some contributing factors of OA are:

  • Breed size – large or giant breeds have a higher incidence of arthritis
  • Age – more common in older animals
  • Weight – overweight animals are more prone to OA
  • Breed inherited traits and conformation – such as hip and elbow dysplasia
  • Stress activity – excess athletic activities or workload
  • Joint injuries

Signs of OA in Dogs and Cats

  • Difficulty getting up or laying down
  • Reluctance to use stairs
  • Limping
  • Generally, “slowing down.”
  • Slow progression if the above signs

Diagnosis of OA

  • X-rays, orthopedic examination, history of animal (i.e., was hit by a car in the past)

Treatment
Your vet will create a treatment plan based on your animals’ lifestyle and progression of the disease

  • NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
    • Only use drugs made for animals!
    • Bloodwork should be done before using these medications since NSAIDS can have side-effects.
  • Diets
    • Dog and cat foods have been formulated to specifically contain therapeutic levels of omega 3 fatty acids, glucosamine, chondroitin, EPA and ALA fatty acids that work together to interrupt the degradation of cartilage.
  • Supplements
    • Omega 3 fatty acids
    • Glucosamine and chondroitin, among others
    • Can come in treat form, liquid, capsule, tablet
  • Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation
    • Decreases the formation of scar tissue
    • Helps improve limb function via improved mobility
    • Eases the pain of joints by stretching muscles

See your veterinary team help improve your pets’ quality of life by easing their joint pain.

Written by: Kelly Adams-Rankin, Technician

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

Last updated: Tuesday, May 19, 2020

1. We are currently operating a "closed-door" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 519-773-3911. We will take a history of your pet from outside of your car, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.

2. We can now see all cases by appointment only.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the clinic. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment from your vehicle. We do have our online store available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the online store button. We have currently lowered our delivery fee, and it's free for orders over $50.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

7. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Aylmer Veterinary Clinic