Relief for Sore Seniors

Emma (pictured above center) is an 11 year old English Lab who suffered with chronic joint pain that seemed to get worse the older she got. Her mom brought Emma to Hulen Hills Animal Hospital after a friend told her we could help her old dog get some relief. As the quality of life for our pets is constantly improving, our best friends are living longer and owners are being confronted with the health problems that accompany old age.

One of the most common health problems of geriatric dogs is Osteoarthritis (Degenerative Arthritis) — in fact 30% of all older dogs suffer from it. The sign we most frequently see is a gradual slow-down in a dog’s activity level. In this case, it took Emma longer to climb the stairs, longer to run down the stick, and longer to get up from her cozy nap on the floor.

At Hulen Hills Animal Hospital we have many geriatric patients just like Emma who benefit greatly from medicine that helps relieve the pain and inflammation caused by osteoarthritis and improves their mobility. Response varies from dog to dog, but can be quite dramatic. In most patients, improvement can be seen in a matter of days. After just a few months on Rimadyl, Emma is having a much easier time keeping up with her young friends.

If you think your senior pet is too young-at-heart to be slowing down, make an appointment with one of our veterinarians to explore the options that are available. You may just get your old dog back!