Osteoarthritis

They feel pain like you do

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that affects the joints. It is the most common cause of chronic pain in dogs and cats. The fact is that arthritis can be severe enough to make it difficult for your pet to jump, climb stairs, even get in and out of the car

Advanced hip arthritis

How can I tell if my pet has osteoarthritis?

The best way to know if your pet is in pain is through constant observation.

There are numerous signs, symptoms and signals your pet may show if he has osteoarthritis pain. Here are the most common signs of OA:

  • Reluctance to go up or down stairs
  • Difficulty jumping into the car or on furniture
  • Lagging behind or tiring easily during walks
  • Increased stiffness, particularly after resting
  • Limping after strenuous exercise
  • Difficulty rising, sitting or squatting to eliminate
  • Restlessness or insomnia
  • Prefers lying to sitting or standing
  • Whimpering, growling or snapping when touched
  • Loss of appetite


Side view of a dog spinal column with fusion of vertebrae and overgrowth of abnormal bony tissue.

Medical Treatment of Osteoarthritis

  1. Healthy diet and exercise (low impact, and frequent is best) to help maintain proper weight.
  2. Working with your veterinarian to find a drug treatment that helps relieve the pain
  3. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) are the most common form of pharmaceutical treatment for arthritis. Although they must be used with caution since they carry the risk for gastrointestinal, kidney and liver damage.
  4. Use medications containing either glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate or Omega fatty acids. Both have been shown to help relieve the symptoms of arthritis.
  5. 5. Your veterinarian may decide to include Adequan® in your pet's treatment protocol. This medication helps prevent the cartilage in your pet's joint from wearing away, while being safe.