Prevent bone, muscle and joint disease in your pet

Musculoskeletal disease (disease that affects your pet’s bones, muscles and joints) can affect pets of all ages. They can have aches and pains just like we do. But, because of their survival instincts, they try to hide it. And in the early stages of this disease, it’s hard to spot because your pet may look and act absolutely fine on the outside.

But what your pet is actually like inside may be very different. Arthritis, toxins, hormonal abnormalities, infections, blood and blood vessel disorders or inappropriate nutrition can all affect the way your pet walks, plays and moves.

The best way to prevent or slow down bone, muscle and joint disease in your pet is to schedule regular yearly checkups. During your pet’s annual checkup, we can talk about all the things you can do to stop the development of or slow the progression of bone, muscle and joint disease. And we’ll examine every part of your pet inside and out, including:

  • An orthopedic exam
  • An assessment of body and muscle condition
  • A review of your pet’s vaccinations
  • A blood test if we think something inside your pet needs to be looked at more closely

Make an appointment for your pet’s yearly checkup today. We’ll make sure all of your pet’s bones, muscles and joints are in good working order. We are committed to your pet’s well-being throughout their whole life. Call us at 352-392-2235 to make an appointment today and let’s keep your pet healthy!

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