Managing arthritis Pains in dogs & cats

Depending on your dog’s breed, the average canine lifespan is between 10–13 years. However, larger breeds including Great Danes, St Bernards, Shar Peis and Mastiffs, generally have shorter lifespans, averaging less than 7 years. The average domestic feline lifespan is between 10–15 years.

As your pet gets older, they slow down and their needs change. Consideration needs to be given to their diet, dental hygiene, exercise routines and living conditions. Regular check ups with our friendly veterinarians are a good idea.

At Blue & White Veterinary Clinic in the Mid North Coast, we provide senior pet care and arthritis management for dogs and cats.

We can determine your pet’s ideal body weight, offer nutritional advice and check for underlying diseases. Contact us today to make an appointment at one of our clinics in Coffs Harbour, Woolgoolga or Nambucca Heads.

Arthritis Management

Osteoarthritis is common in cats and dogs in their senior years. At Blue & White Veterinary Clinic, we believe early intervention is integral to managing arthritis in pets.

Dietary changes and nutritional supplements can help with weight control, inflammation, preventing oxidative joint damage and improving nutrition for damaged cartilage.

Personalised Plans

Every pet’s arthritis journey is unique and so is their management plan. At Blue & White Veterinary Clinic, our approach is tailored to meet the specific needs of your pet, focusing on a combination of therapies and lifestyle adjustments.

Consultations And Assessments

We begin with a thorough consultation and assessment to understand the extent of your pet’s arthritis. This may involve physical examinations, diagnostic imaging and discussions about their daily activities and behaviours. By gathering this information, we can create a detailed and personalised management plan.

Lifestyle Modifications

These may include providing supportive bedding, ramps for easier access to furniture and creating a warm, comfortable living environment. Regular, low-impact exercise, such as swimming or short walks, may also help keep your pet active without exacerbating their condition.

Ongoing Monitoring And Support

Arthritis management is an ongoing process that requires regular monitoring and adjustments. We schedule follow-up appointments to track your pet’s progress and make necessary changes to the treatment plan. Our team is here to support you and your pet every step of the way, ensuring they receive the best care possible. For more information on dog care in Coffs Harbour or to schedule a consultation, please contact our clinic today.

How do I know if your pet has arthritis?

Arthritis affects joints, making it painful to move. Common symptoms of arthritis includes:

  • Reduced activity, movement & reluctant to play
  • Limb stiffness
  • Difficulty getting up
  • Limping
  • Fatigue
  • Increased aggression, especially when handled
  • Excessive licking or chewing
  • Reduced appetite

While arthritis cannot be cured, we can help manage the pain and improve your pet’s quality of life. Contact us as soon as possible if you suspect your pet is suffering from arthritis or appears to be in pain.