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Posted on 12-11-2014

Osteoarthritis is a painful condition is both dogs and cats caused by wear and tear of the joint cartilage.  Obesity and joint abnormalities are known to accelerate this process.  At an annual wellness exam, one of my questions is, "Tell me how your dog or cat is moving.  Does she do steps briskly or jump up onto beds like she used to?"  A common response is "She doesn't do that as well as she used to but she is just getting old".  She may be getting old but she is also painful.  The signs are subtle but they are there.  There are many things we can do for our painful pets and a multifactorial approach works best.  Weight loss, exercise, omega 3 fatty acids, prescription foods and nutraceuticals, medications, laser therapy and acupuncture are all helpful.  Dr Kimberly Lentz is our pain expert and offers extended appointments to do a thorough pain assessment exam and review what options would be best for you.  Below is more information on acupuncture .  Dr Lentz has many patients who have benefited from treatment.

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