Our vets provide therapies to relieve chronic pain caused by osteoarthritis and degenerative disease in Chester County pets, and therapies to improve joint health.
Osteoarthritis (OA) or degenerative joint disease (DJD) is the progressive and permanent long-term deterioration of the cartilage that surrounds the joints.
Animals experiencing OA/DJD typically experience chronic pain and discomfort, muscle weakness and other symptoms.
Designing an effective custom treatment program involves understanding the process of OA/DJD formation in your pet.
From there, we can determine which treatments are required, target our therapies and assist in disease management.
Since no single therapeutic intervention will yield the best outcome, treatment for OA/DJD will likely consist of a combination of therapies ranging from massage, therapeutic exercise and range of motion stretches to nutritional supplements.
Our highly trained veterinarians at West Chester Veterinary Medical Center typically employ a combination of therapeutic interventions to treat OA/DJD in cats and dogs, including but not limited to:
Appropriate interventions are used on a case-by-case basis.
Read our most frequently asked questions about osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease and rehabilitation.
This condition afflicts more than 20 per cent of the canine population, and is also seen in other species such as cats, exotics and larger domestic species.
DJD is not part of the normal aging process and should be accurately diagnosed by your vet. Animals experiencing OA/DJD generally experience chronic pain and discomfort, muscle weakness, stiff gait and limited mobility.
Pathology and treatment of OA/DJD in human and animal species has been studied in-depth and continues to be studied intensely.
Today, we understand that these diseases are an irreversible complex of both biochemical and bio-mechanical events within an animal's affected joints.
Because OA/DJD is a progressive condition that leads to not only chronic pain and muscle weakness, but also permanent long-term deterioration of cartilage, it's imperative that your pet has the opportunity to engage in rehabilitative therapies and exercise.
These can help relieve pain, preserve mobility and flexibility, and improve joint health as they age.
No single therapeutic intervention will yield the best outcome, so we approach treatment with a combination of therapies.
Rehabilitative therapy can relieve pain, and improve joint health, flexibility and mobility.