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How to Keep Pet Joint Pain at Bay

What you need to know about prevention and management of pet joint pain, or osteoarthritis in cats and dogs.

Owners often bring their pets to their veterinarian when they notice their companions are no longer as active as they once were. These dogs and cats often overweight by the time they present to their veterinarian. If the diagnosis is osteoarthritis, the goal is to prevent any ongoing discomfort for pets. Often, owners ask if there was anything that could have been done to prevent it.

Certain breeds of dogs are predisposed to osteoarthritis (OA). Yet there are ways to help keep pet joint pain at bay and delay the onset of clinical signs in those breeds. Every veterinarian you ask about OA, regardless of specialty, will respond with the same no. 1 answer to preventing or delaying the onset of clinical symptoms of OA.