Osteoarthritis in Cats & Dogs

Rehabilitation for Osteoarthritis

Our vets provide therapies to relieve chronic pain caused by osteoarthritis and degenerative disease in Chester County pets, and therapies to improve joint health.

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Osteoarthritis in Cats & Dogs

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. 

Osteoarthritis in Cats & Dogs, West Chester

What to Expect During Treatment for Osteoarthritis

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.

Rehabilitation Options for Osteoarthritis

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:

  • Massage 
  • Therapeutic exercise 
  • Aquatic therapy 
  • Range of motion stretches
  • Weight management 
  • Acupuncture
  • Pharmacologic agents (anti-inflammatories, pain relievers, joint protectors)
  • Nutritional supplements

Appropriate interventions are used on a case-by-case basis.

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