Cascade Animal Clinic
As the weather changes, many of our older pets have more trouble getting around. They become stiffer on rising, more likely to lie down and not play, become restless and may even eat less. These are all signs that can be associated with chronic joint disease, or osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis (OA) is a painful condition affecting dogs and cats, both young and old. It is characterized by degeneration of the cartilage causing damage to the cushion between the bones of the joint, and a decrease in the joint fluid. OA is accompanied by pain, stiffness and limited joint motion. OA can result from injury, from congenital abnormalities like hip dysplasia, or chronic wear and tear. Once arthritis is present it cannot be reversed. At Cascade Animal Clinic we can suggest therapies that can slow the damage, reduce pain and restore joint function.
Osteoarthritis cannot be cured, but with medical management and physical therapy, Cascade Animal Clinic can significantly improve the quality of our pets' lives.