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Managing Arthritis Pain in Cats

posted by Dr. Deb on March 17th, 2019 in Hospital Announcements








As many as 92% of cats will suffer from osteoarthritis

Many of these cats start to have bone changes, visible on x-rays, as early as 6 years of age! But, these stoic little creatures as wired to never show illness (lest they be eaten by bigger predators!). See…..

So what do you do once you know your kitten has Arthritis? There are more options now than ever in the past!

Your cat’s pain management plan that you develop with your veterinarian may include:

  • Disease Modulating Medications Adequan(R) is an injectable medication that acts as a strong antioxidant in inflamed joints. It is also the only medication shown to help restore cartilage. It improves the viscosity, or slipperiness, of joint fluid so inflamed joints move more smoothly. With virtually no side effects, it’s one of the best things to try first! And, your vet can teach you how to give the injections at home! (Note: Adequan is not FDA approved for use in cats, but has been used by veterinarians worldwide with excellent and safe results. Consult with your vet…)
  • Anti-inflammatory Medication- Safer anti-inflammatories are available for cats– but they have to be used carefully, with guidance from your vet. And never, EVER give your cat Tylenol or over-the-counter human medications!
  • Physical Therapy– Who knew?! Passive range of motion, massage, encouraging activity (remember when you played with your kitten? Do it again! Get out the laser toy, feed in a feeding toy that has to be rolled around the room to get the food out…) See this video
  • Laser Therapy – low-level laser (LLLT) reduces nerve pain signals, reduces inflammation, decreases swelling and improves the elasticity of tissues.
  • Pain Medications can be very effective in cats
  • Environmental changes such as using special bedding or ramps or litter boxes modified for ease of access.

Your veterinarian is committed to developing a strategy with you that provides your cat with compassionate care, optimum recovery from illness, injury, or surgery and enhanced quality of life.

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