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Notice Signs of OA - What Now?

What To Do If You Notice Signs and Symptoms of Osteoarthritis

If you suspect your dog is suffering from the everyday pain of osteoarthritis (OA), contact your veterinarian. The veterinarian will give your dog an overall physical examination and probably will perform an osteoarthritis pain screening. If you completed the [OA Checklist], be sure to print it and take it with you to share with your veterinarian or veterinary technician.

If your dog is diagnosed with OA, your veterinarian may recommend a number of treatment options:

  • Proper nutrition and weight management.
    The less your dog weighs, the less pressure there is on his joints. Giving your dog a balanced diet and avoiding feeding him table scraps can help reduce osteoarthritis pain.
  • Regular, low-impact exercise.
    Depending on the size and breed of your dog, regular 20- to 40-minute walks are a great way to help reduce your dog’s OA pain. Low-impact exercise helps strengthen the muscles that support joints and maintain joint flexibility. It’s a nice way for you to get a little exercise, too!
  • Regular examinations.
    One of the keys to helping reduce your dog’s arthritis pain is early detection. Be sure to schedule regular checkups with your veterinarian.
  • Pain-control medication.
    Your veterinarian may prescribe DERAMAXX™ (deracoxib) Flavor Tabs to control the everyday pain and inflammation of canine osteoarthritis. Thousands of dogs in the US have already benefited from the all-day, everyday control of OA pain that DERAMAXX provides. And without pain, your dog can return to being an active member of your family.

To learn more about DERAMAXX, check out the DERAMAXX Learning Center and Seeing Is Believing.


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