Ph: (732) 449-9224
2129 Route 35
Sea Girt, New Jersey 08750

M thru F 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sat 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Closed Sundays

Sea Girt Animal Hospital Pharmacy


  • Over the last 30 years, Sea Girt Animal Hospital has cared for my cat and four miniature dachshunds. They have always been responsive, professional and caring and I highly recommend them.

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    • Lawrence Rosenhaus

  • Our family had the unfortunate task of putting our beloved dog to sleep. We had Brandy for 13 ½ years from when she was able to leave her mother. The entire staff of Sea Girt Animal Hospital made the situation as gentle, compassionate and sensitive as possible. We have had this experience in the past with another long loved family dog and it was a very cold, clinical experience. We travel between northern NJ and the shore area a lot and have needed a vet on occasion at the shore and I thank God that I found this veterinarian group.

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    • Nancy Hagemann

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    • Avon, NJ

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Thursday, 07 November 2013 00:00

Understanding Arthritis in Dogs and Cats

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Arthritis is a common degenerative condition that affects one or more joints in dogs and cats. Contrary to popular belief the problem is not limited to older animals. Young dogs and cats that have a history of hip dysplasia, ruptured cruciate ligament or joint trauma can be affected by this condition. Large breed dogs are affected more often than small breed dogs. Obese dogs and cats are more likely to show signs due to the extra strain on the ligaments and joints.

Signs of Arthritis

The signs of arthritis can vary greatly in dogs and cats. Most animals will experience different degrees of lameness, stiffness and joint pain, which is more apparent in the morning or after getting up from a nap. Pets with joint pain often exhibit behavioral changes in the form of aggression or irritability.


The diagnosis is made based on a thorough medical history, physical exam, and radiographs (x-rays).


Many factors play a role in whether a dog or cat develops arthritis. Age, genetics, injuries or trauma, weight, and breed are the most common predisposing causes.


Arthritis is not a curable disease, but when managed appropriately it can improve the pet’s life. Treatment usually requires a multimodal approach. Any treatment plan should include weight control, the use of pain/anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), and the use of agents that help protect and repair the joint cartilage (Chondroprotectives). Newer forms of treatment include laser therapy, physical therapy, and acupuncture.


Preventing arthritis from becoming a problem in your dog or cat may not be an entirely realistic goal. However there are a few things that a pet owner can do to at least reduce the risk. Helping your pet to maintain a lean body weight is probably the single most important thing you can do to minimize the risk of arthritis. Excess weight places more strain on ligaments and joints. Additionally, it has been shown that fat secretes hormones that promote inflammation and cause pain. Moderate exercise is beneficial to your pet because it maintains muscle mass and preserves joint flexibility. Excessive exercise, however, is counterproductive. Exercise is also important in maintaining your pet’s proper body weight.

Preventing injuries in dogs and cats that can lead to arthritis later in life may not be entirely possible, but certain practices might help. Not allowing your pet to run at large and walking your dog on a leash rather than off can prevent car accidents and similar forms of trauma.

Genetics is another area where as pet owners we might not have much control over. However, breeders can play a role by producing puppies and kittens that are free of genetic or congenital defects that cause arthritis. Hip Dysplasia is a good example of such a condition in the dog.

By Francisco Velazquez, VMD


  • My dog Finbar has been a patient at Sea girt Animal Hospital since 2000 and I can’t emphasize enough how caring and compassionate they are. From the front desk staff to the techs to all the doctors. Even the manager Candi has offered a kind word when much needed. I have always been treated both professionally yet with kindness as well. They truly show how much they love animals.

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    • E.F. Spring Lake Hts.

Sea Girt Animal Hospital Pharmacy

Sea Girt Animal Hospital

Sea Girt Animal Hospital is a premier animal hospital conveniently located at 2129 Route 35 in Sea Girt, New Jersey.

We have five wards, five exam rooms, 13 outdoor runs, two offices, large surgery and x-ray facilities, in addition to several treatment rooms and a fenced yard. We provide specialized care to dogs and cats, as well as rabbits, ferrets, hamsters, guinea pigs, gerbils, and some reptiles for routine exams.