Veterinarians Can Help Your Dog’s Arthritis

Our South Bay Veterinarians Explain Treating Arthritis in Dogs -

South Bay Veterinarians

Dr. Steinam and Lucy

What Causes Arthritis In Dogs?

Osteoarthritis– also called degenerative joint disease – is one of the most common illnesses that our veterinarians see in dogs as they get older.

Osteoarthritis erodes away the cartilage that cushions the dog’s joints, and decrease the fluids that lubricate the dog’s joints.

Symptoms of Arthritis In Dogs

Symptoms of Arthritis in dogs can be a stiff or uneven gait or limp. Dogs with arthritis may also tire more easily with activity – and may be slower or even refuse to climb stairs or get up on a previously loved bed or couch.

Treating Arthritis in Dogs

Our veterinarians have eased the pain and improved the quality of life of many of our patients with arthritis. There are a number of things you and your veterinarian can do –to help your pet stay active into his or her senior years – and often, a combination of therapies is the most effective.

 Weight Control and Exercise

Regardless of your dog’s age, excess weight will increases pressure on their joints – which can worsen the pain of arthritis. Additionally, lack of movement can actually make the pain and stiffness in arthritic joints worse – so it is important to keep your dog active.

Engaging in daily, gentle exercise will help keep your dog’s weight under control, while improving his or her mobility. Brief, leisurely walks a few times each day can be very therapeutic – as long as you do not overdo it. If your dog enjoys swimming this can be a great way to get exercise without putting pressure on arthritic joints.

 Medication and Supplements

A wide variety of medications and supplements are available that can help decrease the pain of arthritis and improve mobility.

Some treatments are prescription medications, while others are available over-the-counter or online. But, keep in mind that not every treatment is right for every dog. The dog’s breed, age, size and weight, and other health conditions (such as kidney disease, etc.) will determine which arthritis drugs or supplements are right for your pet. And the wrong medication or supplement could be very dangerous to your pet.

So, always consult with one of our veterinarians before trying a new medication or vitamin supplement for your dog’s arthritis.

Some of the treatments currently available to reduce arthritis inflammation and relieve pain dogs are:

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), such as Rimadyl, Deramaxx and Previcox.
  • Joint supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin (reinforce the cartilage & improve joint lubrication)
  • Other supplements such as methyl-sulfonyl-methane (MSM) and omega 3 fatty acids (fish oils) have also proven beneficial in some dogs with arthritis.

Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation for Canine Arthritis

Various types of physical therapy & rehabilitation treatments are also available for arthritic dogs. Hydrotherapy, therapeutic ultrasound, specialized PT exercises, chiropractic-like alignments, therapeutic braces and even acupuncture may ease arthritic pain and increase your dog’s mobility. In other cases applying heat, infrared light or TENs (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) may be recommended by our veterinarians.

Our South Bay Veterinarians Can Treat Dog Arthritis

If your dog is getting older and showing signs of slowing down, it may be a sign of arthritis. Don’t let your beloved dog suffer, or give up the activities that he or she loves! Schedule a consultation with our veterinarians to discuss the right treatments and medications that can alleviate your pet’s arthritis pain and put some pep back in their step . . . so you both can enjoy their “senior years.” Call us today at 310-536-9654.


Our South Bay veterinarians treat dogs and cats from the entire Los Angeles area, including:
Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Torrance, Hawthorne, El Segundo, Marina del Ray, Palos Verdes, Gardena, Carson and the surrounding areas.

CLICK HERE to schedule an appointment with one of our caring and experienced vets.



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