Arthritis is a well-known condition for humans, but did you know that cats and dogs can also develop this health issue? It is often referred to as the “wear and tear” disease as pets develop arthritis as they get older. Age isn't the only factor that can cause arthritis as your pet's weight, breed or even previous injuries can make them more susceptible to the disease. At our hospital, our veterinarians are experts at creating a treatment plan that suits each patient.
What are the symptoms of arthritis?
Arthritis affects the musculoskeletal system which supports your pet's body weight, helps maintain their posture and movement. One of the first signs of arthritis is mobility issues, your pet may try to disguise their pain with a lack of interest in activities. You should also look for:
- Difficulty using the stairs
- Weight gain
- Yelping when touched
- Excessively licking their joints
- Groaning when getting up or laying down
- Trembling when they walk or run
Can arthritis be cured?
Unfortunately, there is no cure for arthritis. Your veterinarian can provide treatments to relieve the pain and prevent the disease from progressing. The earlier your pet is diagnosed, the easier it is to manage their symptoms. Some treatment options may include dietary modifications, low impact exercises, joint supplements, pain medication and laser therapy. To discuss a treatment plan for your arthritic pet, please call us at 780-428-8802.