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Drug Gabapentin May Improve Quality of Life for Arthritic Cats

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A recent study looked at the effects of the drug gabapentin on older cats with osteoarthritis. Veterinarians have increasingly become aware that painful arthritis is more widespread in senior cats than previously thought.

Gabapentin can be used for both seizure disorders and as a pain reliever. In this study, published in September 2018 in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 20 arthritic cats over 10 years old were evaluated by their owners for three mobility-impaired activities.

Cats receiving gabapentin had significantly greater odds of improved scores for client-specific outcome measures and quality of life.

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Jackie Brown is a freelance writer from Southern California who specializes in the pet industry. Reach her at jackiebrownwriter.wordpress.com.

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