Pet Osteoarthritis Care

At Drumm Veterinary Hospital in Castleton-On-Hudson, NY, we provide specialized services, including advanced treatment options for pet osteoarthritis, ensuring your pet receives the personalized care they deserve.

Pet Osteoarthritis Care: Expert Treatment For Your Pet’s Joint Health

Is your pet struggling with osteoarthritis? At Drumm Veterinary Hospital, we understand the challenges of managing this common condition in pets. Our experienced team is dedicated to providing compassionate and effective care to improve your pet’s quality of life.

Understanding Pet Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease, can affect pets of all ages and breeds. Common signs of osteoarthritis include stiffness, limping, and reluctance to move. If left untreated, osteoarthritis can significantly impact your pet’s mobility and overall well-being.

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Comprehensive Osteoarthritis Care

At Drumm Veterinary Hospital, we offer a comprehensive approach to managing pet osteoarthritis. Our skilled veterinarians will thoroughly evaluate your pet’s condition, including a physical examination and diagnostic testing if needed. Based on our findings, we will develop a personalized treatment plan to address your pet’s specific needs.

How veterinarians work to diagnose osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) in dogs and cats is diagnosed through a physical exam, imaging, and other diagnostic tools.

Physical Exam
The veterinarian will observe the dog’s posture and gait and feel for any pain or abnormal joint changes. They may also check for thickening, crepitus (rubbing and friction of bone and cartilage), or muscle atrophy. The exam may be done with the pet sedated to prevent pain.

X-rays are the most common method of diagnosing OA. They can show loss of joint space, bone damage, bone remodeling, and bone spurs. Other imaging options include CT scans, MRI, joint fluid analysis, and arthroscopy.

Other Diagnostic Tools
The veterinarian may also perform palpation (feeling with the fingers to localize pain and determine its intensity).