Arthritis occurs when cartilage that cushions a joint wears away faster than it can be replaced causing exposure to bone and nerve endings. This leads to pain, inflammation and reduced mobility. Arthritis is generally caused by wear and tear as our pets age. It is much more common in senior pets but young pets can suffer from it too. Other risk factors include genetics, trauma and infection. Excessive weight will cause more pressure on the joints increasing the risk of arthritis.
General signs of arthritis include stiffness, lameness and reduced activity. Cats may show difficulty grooming and jumping on or off surfaces, whereas dogs may lag behind in walks, be stiff to rise, and show signs of discomfort when touched in affected areas.
Arthritis is not curable but early management with improved nutrition, anti-inflammatory drugs and nutraceuticals/supplements can help slow the progression of the disease and reduce discomfort providing a better quality of life. Acupuncture can be used to treat osteoarthritis as it relieves pain and acts as an anti-inflammatory by improving tissue blood flow, oxygenation, and removal of wastes and toxins. It is safe and can be used in conjunction with prescription medication.
We can help provide relief from discomfort with the following treatment options: