WINTER IS HERE TESTING OUT OUR SORE JOINTS, WHAT DOES THIS MEAN AND WHAT DO I DO?
Every single joint of our pet is made up simply by two or more bones separated by cartilage surfaces and moving via various planes.
The cartilage itself has no nerve supply, so we know then that when our pet is limping, reluctant to walk or stiff that the cartilage is damaged to the bone in places.
This damage will be creating PAIN!!
Like most problems in life, early intervention is usually indicated and advised.
The GOOD NEWS is that the two most important strategies to ward off arthritic progression are FREE.
STEP ONE…. Weight reduction, Pets have an ideal body score in which the rib outlines are just visible. ( Feel free to pop in and have a chat with one of our nurses if you would like to have your pet’s body score assessed.)
STEP TWO…. Although this may seem like common knowledge, the second step is in fact natural organic exercise. Long lead walks, swimming and wading through water are all very helpful and not too stressful on the joints.
IF YOU HAVE TRIED THESE TWO STEPS WITH LITTLE TO NO SUCCESS WHAT IS NEXT?
Here at Tallebudgera Veterinary Clinic our vet’s have a further array of effective arthritic treatments ranging from
- Natraceuticals – Products like 4 Cyte, Osteocare, Osteosupport, Antinol and other glucosamine products.
- Injectables- Products like Zydax and Cartrophen are injectable forms of cartilage protectants.
- Prescription Medications- In worst cases there is a vast array of prescription medications one of our vet’s can prescribe alongside the natraceuticals for more effective relief.
- Surgery- In some very severe cases surgery may be the only option. But routes like that are not jumped at unless all other options have been discussed with one of our veterinary staff.
QUESTION: BUT WHERE DO I START?
A friendly chat with one of our staff is a great start to improving your pets mobility.
Best and warmest wishes for winter.
It’ll be Spring before we know it, in which all the staff at Tallebudgera Vererinary Clinic will be gearing up for another tick season so please pop in and purchase your Nexgard to be prepared.
Regards from Dr Ross Evans, and big cuddles for all your furry friends from all the Tallevet Team.