Arthritis is very common in older pets, but there are other reasons why pets can develop the condition. Many factors play into your pet having arthritis such as their lifestyle, previous injuries and their weight. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis that affects pets. The disease commonly affects the limbs and lower spine of your furry friend. It is a debilitating disease that lowers your pet’s quality of life. At Ambassador Animal Hospital, we want to make life easier and comfortable for your pet by providing treatment for arthritis.
How does osteoarthritis develop in my pet?
As your loyal companion gets older, their body begins to slow down and give in to the effects of the years of wear and tear. The bones in your pet’s body are separated by cartilage. The cartilage begins to wear down and disappear over time, which results in the bones rubbing against each other. This causes your pet to feel pain and develop inflammation.
What are the signs of arthritis in pets?
Because arthritis affects your pet’s bones, it usually slows down or alters their mobility. One of the first signs you may notice is your pet limping or finding it difficult to walk or use the stairs. It’s important to note that by the time your pet is showing symptoms, it means that the pain is too much for them to even hide it. You should contact your veterinarian if you notice any sign that your pet is in pain. Other signs to look for are:
- Losing interest in playtime
- Groaning when getting up or laying down
- Trembling when they walk or run
Call us at 519-971-3100, to schedule your pet’s assessment.
What treatments are available for arthritis?
There is no cure for the condition so our goal is to make your furry pal’s life more comfortable. To minimize the discomfort, our team may recommend one or more of the following forms of treatment:
- Anti-inflammatory drugs or pain medication
- Laser therapy
- Supplements that support joint health
- Physical rehabilitation