Much like us humans, our furry friends are prone to getting arthritis when they reach their golden years. Although there is no “cure” for the condition, your pet can still have a great quality of life if diagnosed properly. We can provide various treatments for your pet to help them cope with their condition. Call us at 905-438-0664 for more details.
How do pets get arthritis?
In addition to general wear and tear from old age, there are other factors that contribute to arthritis in pets. Pets who are overweight, obese, as well as those who have very active lifestyles (e.g. hunting and sporting dogs) have a higher chance of developing arthritis. Certain species and breeds of pets are also more susceptible. For example, larger dog breeds are more prone to developing arthritis versus their smaller-sized pals.
What are the symptoms of arthritis in pets?
The signs of arthritis can also indicate other health issues, so please don’t hesitate to contact us if you notice any of the symptoms below. The faster we diagnose your pet, the quicker we can relieve any discomfort they may be feeling:
- Increased irritability
- Wincing when getting up or lying down
- Difficulty walking, running, going up/down stairs
- Constant licking of their joints
What are the treatments for arthritis in pets?
After a thorough checkup and diagnosis, the vet can determine the best course of action for your loyal companion. Therapy can include one or a combination of the following:
- Diet changes (weight loss can ease pressure on your pet’s joints)
- Pain medications
- Anti-inflammatory drugs