Dog Arthritis: What it is, Pain Management and How Librela Helps

When our dogs start to slow down or show signs of discomfort, it’s natural for us to worry. Understanding what could be affecting them is the first step toward helping them feel better. This blog is all about dog arthritis, a common condition that can cause pain and reduce the quality of life for our beloved pets. We’ll explore what dog arthritis is, how to manage the pain, and introduce a groundbreaking treatment called Librela that’s making a difference for our patients. For more personalized advice or to schedule an appointment, Southcentral Veterinary Services in Bowling Green, KY, is here for you. Just give us a call at (270) 282-2564.

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What is Dog Arthritis?

Arthritis in dogs, much like in humans, is a condition that affects the joints. It usually involves inflammation and chronic pain, making it hard for our dogs to move around as easily as they once did. This condition is more common in older dogs but can affect younger ones too, especially if they have a history of joint injuries or genetic predispositions.

The signs of arthritis can vary, but they often include limping, difficulty moving, apparent pain during activity, reluctance to jump or climb stairs, and even changes in behavior. 

Not sure if your dog is showing signs of arthritis? For a more in-depth evaluation, use the Zoetis Pet Care Osteoarthritis Checklist. The checklist covers a range of symptoms from difficulty standing up after resting to less interest in play, which can all point towards arthritis. 

Early detection is key to managing arthritis effectively. By observing your dog and noting any changes in their behavior or mobility, you’re taking an important step in caring for their health. If you notice any of the signs listed in the checklist, it’s time to reach out to us. 

Managing Arthritis Pain in Dogs

Pain management for dogs with arthritis is centered around reducing discomfort and improving mobility. This can include a combination of medications, physical therapy, and various lifestyle changes. Keeping your dog at a healthy weight can significantly reduce the strain on their joints. Regular, gentle exercise helps keep their muscles strong and their joints flexible.

Pain relief medications and anti-inflammatories prescribed by your veterinarian can also make a big difference. However, it’s essential to follow your vet’s advice closely, as some medications can have side effects.

Leading the Way in Canine Osteoarthritis Pain Management with Librela

At Southcentral Veterinary Services, we’re excited to offer a new option for managing arthritis pain in dogs. Librela is a once-a-month injection that provides long-term pain control for dogs suffering from osteoarthritis. This innovative treatment works by targeting and blocking a specific protein involved in sending pain signals, offering our patients significant relief without the daily pills or treatments.

Librela has been a game-changer for many of our canine patients, allowing them to move more freely and enjoy a better quality of life. If you think your dog might benefit from Librela, we’re happy to discuss their condition and whether this treatment could be the right choice.

How to Help Your Dog Live a Better Life with Arthritis

While arthritis is a chronic condition, there are many ways to help your dog live a comfortable and happy life. 

Changes to Your Pet’s Environment

Alongside medical treatments like Librela, simple adjustments to your home can make a big difference. Consider adding ramps or steps to help your dog reach higher places without jumping. Soft bedding can provide extra cushioning for sore joints.

Nutrition and Supplements

Nutrition also plays a role in arthritis management. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, like fish oil, can help reduce joint inflammation. Supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin may also support joint health, but always consult with us before adding any new supplement to your dog’s diet.

Appropriate Exercise

Regular, low-impact exercise, such as swimming or short walks, can help maintain joint mobility and muscle strength. However, it’s important to balance activity with rest, especially on days when your dog seems more uncomfortable.

Why Choose Southcentral Veterinary Services?

We understand that your dog is a part of your family. That’s why we’re committed to providing personalized, compassionate care for each of our patients. Our team stays up-to-date on the latest in pain management techniques, including innovative treatments like Librela.

Choosing us means your dog will receive the highest standard of care. We take the time to thoroughly assess each dog’s individual needs and work closely with you to develop a treatment plan that suits your pet’s specific condition and lifestyle. 

If you’re concerned about arthritis in your dog or interested in learning more about how Librela can help, please call us at (270) 282-2564 to schedule an appointment. We’re here to answer any questions you might have and to support you and your dog for life.

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