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6 Ways to Help Your Pet With Mobility Issues

We see many pets that come into North Hill Animal Hospital that have mobility issues, usually, they are older in age but we still see it in younger pets as well. Some signs of mobility issues may include having a hard time getting up from laying down, hesitant to use stairs, slower when walking and may be quieter. Pets are very good at not showing us symptoms of discomfort. Pets get osteoarthritis just like we do, 45% of dogs between the ages of 8 and 12 and 90% of cats over the age of 12 are affected. Osteoarthritis is a chronic degenerative disease that may affect any joint.  This occurs when the cartilage in the joint breaks down or gets damaged and causes the bones to rub against each other, causing pain.

Weight is a very big factor when it comes to mobility.  When a pet is over-weight this put excess stress on the joints.  Keeping a lean body weight is ideal to help prevent or slow down the progression of osteoarthritis.

Here are some options that can help prevent and/or give relief to pets with mobility issues:

  1. Nutraceuticals such as glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, green lipped muscle and devil’s claw.  All of this help support cartilage in the joints, may reduce inflammation which will help relieve pain.
  2. Omega fatty acids help to support joint health.
  3. Some veterinary diets are specifically formulated to help improve joint health and reduce joint pain.  They have high levels of omega fatty acids that reduce inflammation, glucosamine, and chondroitin which are the building blocks for cartilage.  Some diets may also contain green lipped muscle which improves clinical signs of arthritis by reducing inflammation.   These diets also promote an ideal weight to reduce the load on the joints.
  4. Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS) can reduce inflammation and offer pain relief in pets with more advanced disease.

***You shouldn’t give your pet any medications that you may have at your house until you talk to your veterinarian.***

5. Another treatment option for osteoarthritis is laser therapy (also known as “cold laser”) This works by reducing swelling which helps speed the repair of tissue.  When joints become sore from arthritis, there are lots of swelling in the affected joints. Laser therapy works to reduce swelling, but this form of treatment has lasting effects.  Please see Dr. Kerr’s blog: “Laser Therapy For Your Pet” for more information regarding laser therapy

6. Alternative Therapies such as chiropractic, acupuncture, massage and aqua therapy are also available for pets.

Written by Brandy Johnson, RVT

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Last updated: May 29, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

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

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Tuesday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Wednesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED


NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at North Hill Animal Hospital