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One of the more common conditions we see at Woodside Animal Clinic is pet arthritis. This chronic, progressive inflammation and deterioration of the joints can force animals to give up many of their favorite activities such as running or jumping; even the simple act of lying down and getting up again can become a painful chore. Fortunately there are a variety of treatments and therapeutic options available, ranging from chiropractic adjustment to dietary counseling and nutritional supplementation that can help your Royal Oak pet experience less discomfort and get more enjoyment out of life.
Pet arthritis has many possible causes, some of which may work synergistically to worsen or accelerate the problem. In many cases, osteoarthritis begins as a natural side effect of age-related wear and tear on the joints. As the cartilage between bones ends begins to deteriorate, the resulting friction and stresses can cause pain, inflammation and swelling. Obesity can make matters worse by increasing the amount of pressure on the joints. Other cases of osteoarthritis can occur due to disorders such as hip dyspslasia or spinal misalignments. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes the body to releases antibodies against its own naturally occurring proteins, causing damage to and inflammation of the joints. Sometimes even a case of leaky gut syndrome can cause arthritis. In leaky gut syndrome, the body launches immune cells not against its own proteins but against foreign matter in the digestive system, generally a specific type of grain or other food. In the process, the immune cells damage the gut, allowing toxins to leak out into the bloodstream and affect all parts of the body, including the joints.
Royal Oak pet owners who notice that their pets seem sluggish, stiff or pain should schedule an evaluation at our clinic so we can determine whether pet arthritis or some other ailment is to blame. Dysplasia or other bone disorders, for instance, can be readily observed via x-rays. To confirm or rule out a case of leaky gut syndrome, we can test for food sensitivities or look for telltale indicators such as skin irritation or irritable bowel disease. Older pets may simply be suffering from age-related osteoarthritis.
Once we have figured out the probable cause of pet arthritis, we can administer targeted treatments. Obese pets may need a reduced-calorie diet to take unnecessary strain off of the joints, as well as gentle exercises to improve and preserve range of motion. Nutritional supplements such as omega-3 fatty acids, chondroitin plus glucosamine, MSM, hyaluronic acid, alfalfa and sea salt can help relieve pain and inflammation as well. Chiropractic adjustment can correct misalignment joints; acupuncture, Pulsed Magnetic Therapy, Cold Laser Therapy Frequency Specific Microcurrent Therapy (fsm) and Cytokine Therapy speed healing and soothe pain. We can even repair the gastrointestinal tract to heal leaky gut syndrome and help pets detoxify from its effects. Contact our clinic to learn more.