Q&A: What are some treatments for arthritis in cats?

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Dr. Lauren Brickman writes a pet health and care column for Petside.com. Read all the Q&As she’s shared with Petfinder here.

Q: Our 10-year-old cat has developed severe arthritis in the top joint of his right leg. The vet gave him a liquid glucosamine, which didn’t help much. Are there other options?

A: Arthritis is a very painful disease that affects cats just like it affects dogs. Unfortunately, there aren’t as many options out there in terms of medications for arthritic cats.


Is the arthritis in the hip joint? If so, there is a surgical procedure
that can be done that removes the hip joint and the cat will form a
false joint. If not, medications may be the only answer.

You should definitely keep your cat on the glucosamine liquid, but other
things need to be added. Ask your vet about Cosequin injections.
Steroid shots may help, but only temporarily. When used long-term they
unfortunately have bad side effects.

If you have questions about your pet’s health, you can submit them to
Dr. Lauren at drlauren@petside.com.

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