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Animal Pain Awareness month – September 2018

September is  Animal Pain Awareness Month. This is an initiative of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management, which seeks to educate pet owners on how to notice the signs of pain in their pets. So we at Clontarf Veterianry hospital & Anicare Veterinary Group plan to raise public awareness about pain and pain management this month.

Is my dog in pain – this is one of the most common questions we get asked at Clontarf veterinray hospital

Most often about older pet where their owners have noticed them getting a bit stiff..

Arthritis is one of the most common conditions in older pets. As the nights grow longer and winter approached our pets may become more prone to pain associated with arthritis.

This is why it theme of the month  in Clontaft Veterinary Hospital this September so that we are aware what signs to look out for.

 

Osteoarthritis, also known as Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD), is the progressive and permanent deterioration of the cartilage of the joints that can cause chronic pain and affect the quality of life of your pet.

 

There are a number of tpes of arthritis but osteoarthritis – this occurs after years of wear and tear on the joints. Our vet Tanis Turley says ‘This is the most common type of arthritis that we see in clontarf vets

 

What signs should I look out for:-

  1. Overt lameness in an affected limb — the diseased joint is often stiff and painful when manipulated.
  2. Swelling and thickening of the structures of the joint.
  3. Widespread stiffness.
  4. Difficulty/slow in getting up.
  5. Particularly stiff following a rest.
  6. A reduction in mobility.

 

What should I do?

Make an appointment to see one of the vets or vet nurses in Anicare,s Clontarf  Veterinary Hospital & they will examine you  pet and advises on what best to do.

Treatments may include special foods or joint supplements that can be added to your pets food as well as weight management.

Sometimes pain medication is required or xrays are advised to assess the severity of the arthritis and help us decide which treatment is best for your pet.

 

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