ARTHROSIS: a source of chronic pain

 
By  Dr Antony Bastien

Does your 8 year old Labrador retriever have difficulty getting up or climbing and going down the stairs?  Does your 13 year old Abyssinian use his cat tree less than he used to?  If yes, your pet may be suffering from arthrosis!

Arthrosis is a degenerative joint disease where the cartilage of the joints are eroded over time, and this can cause chronic pain. 

The goal of the articular cartilage is to provide a cushion to absorb choc and promote an ample range of motion. 

However, the cartilage cells (chondrocytes) have a low potential of regeneration, which means that the best way to deal with arthrosis is by slowing down the process with different methods of therapy.

Management of arthrosis is considered as a multimodal therapy, that is to say; managing weight, appropriate nutrition, suitable nutritional supplements, chondroproctecteur injections (cartrophen) and physiotherapy. 

Nevertheless, these tools only permit to slow down the process, it is highly possible that your pet will eventually need anti-inflammatories intermittently or continuously depending on the severity of the joint pain.

 

If the articular comfort of your pet worries you call us to book an appointment at 450-671-7264 for preventive geriatric examination with one of our veterinarians.