Arthritis & Pain Management Services

dog old shutterstock_164738438We offer a wide range of services and treatments to help our older dogs and cats better cope with arthritis pain and long term pain issues like back pain and degenerative joint disease (DJD).

In a famous veterinary study involving Labrador Retrievers, the lack of ability to walk because of an orthopedic problem like arthritis was found to be the most common cause of euthanasia. Because of the serious adverse impact that arthritis pain can have on dogs and cats, we tend to be aggressive in our treatment of this common condition.

Unfortunately, there is no one single arthritis or pain management approach that works with all pets every time. Every pet has unique pain management needs and unique responses to pain relief therapies, so each pet will likely need a personalized pain management protocol. The best way to do this is to work with your veterinarian to develop a plan that is right for you and your pet.

Knowing this, we at the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group use a multimodal approach to the treatment to osteoarthritis, back pain and other chronic pain issues. This means that for best results we generally apply more than one therapy and often more than one at a time. Here are some of the options:

Text reviewed for accuracy by Clint Chastain, DVM January 22, 2015.