Step 1 Weight Loss
Bowmanville Veterinary Clinic has a very successful weight loss program. A calorie-reduced diet will help to relieve weight from strained joints, and will also help to counteract other conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.
Step 2 Prescription Diet
Premium foods such as Medi-Cal Mobility Support contain ingredients in therapeutic levels to lubricate joints; improving mobility and comfort. Veterinary diets are higher in these ingredients than pet store foods. Hill's also has a canned form called J/D (or Joint Diet).
Step 3 Physical Rehabilitation
The clinic is excited to provide programs in physical therapy to assist cats and their owners in improving range of motion of joints and maintaining muscle tone. TENS therapy is available as well. These should only be performed by a certified Registered Veterinary Technician or veterinarian. Alternative therapies such as acupuncture can be made available to you on request.
Step 4 Nutraceuticals
Joint supplement products can make a dramatic difference for some cats affected by osteoarthritis. Sasha's Blend Flexibites are a high quality and proven joint supplement.
Step 5 NSAID's
When your pet's comfort is not controlled with steps 1 - 4 it may be time to start a Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drug or NSAID. These drugs have been proven to dramatically increase the comfort levels of cats with arthritic pain. These drugs require regular blood tests to monitor for kidney or liver disease. If present these may affect your cat's ability to manage NSAID's.
Step 6 Adjunct Medications
In additions to NSAID's new pain management drugs are now available to improve quality of life in cats with severe oseoarthristis.