Arthritis is a progressive disease that your loyal companion can develop at any time. Just like humans, your pet’s bones are separated by joint fluid and cartilage; if the surface wears down, the bones rub together, resulting in inflammation and pain. This condition has no cure, but various treatments and remedies can provide some well-needed comfort to pets.
What are the symptoms of arthritis in pets?
- Irritability or unexpected aggression
- Reduced levels of activity
- Having problems going up or down the stairs
- Limping/walking stiffly
- Sore/swollen joints
Once you notice these signs in your pet, we strongly encourage you to seek veterinary help. Your pet may be experiencing severe pain that will only worsen if left untreated.
What can cause arthritis in pets?
Your pet can develop arthritis from the following situations:
- Old age/wear and tear: If your pet is older and has had a very active life, they may develop the disease
- Genetics: Certain breeds can have an increased risk of arthritis, such as abnormal joint development.
- Injury: Past injury to the muscles, fractures, or joint infections can lead to your pet developing arthritis later in life.
- Body weight: Excess weight can strain your loyal companion’s joints.
What treatments are available for arthritis?
Our team will perform a full-body examination and additional testing like X-rays to diagnose your pet. Arthritis can be treated with pain medications, acupuncture, laser therapy, modified nutrition, or surgery. We will decide which option is best suited for your loyal companion.
How can I support my pet if they have arthritis?
The key to supporting your pet with arthritis is to make them comfortable by minimizing their pain. Here are some tips on how to care for your arthritic pet:
- Provide soft padded bedding
- Use a ramp for entering or leaving the vehicle
- Add slip-resistant surfaces like rugs
- Raise their food and water bowl to elbow height
- Follow their prescribed feeding and medication schedule