Arthritis is chronic joint pain and degradation that affects many pets. It is often referred to as the “wear and tear” disease because it progresses over time. Most pets suffer from osteoarthritis, which occurs when the ligaments between bones begin to deteriorate causing the bones to rub against each other. Although arthritis is crippling to your pet’s lifestyle, we are prepared to alleviate the pain as it is the most compassionate thing to do. We want to see your pet happy and healthy. If your pet is suffering from arthritis please call us at 416-489-8387 to discuss how we can help.
What are common signs of arthritis in pets?
By nature (as a defensive trait), your pet will hide any signs of weakness or pain. They usually show signs of arthritis when the pain is unbearable. This is why the condition can be hard to spot in the early stages. That being said, here are some changes you may notice if your pet has arthritis:
- Moving stiffly or limping
- Less active or playful
- Walk more slowly
- Have difficulty using the stairs
- Vocalize in response to pain
- Reluctance to being touched
Do younger pets get arthritis?
Yes, it is possible for younger pets to get the disease. Even though arthritis is more prevalent in older pets, younger pets can develop the condition from injuries, genetics and from being overweight.
How is arthritis treated in pets?
We always encourage pet owners to bring their pets in once they notice any signs of arthritis. We use X-rays to look inside their body and detect abnormalities. Arthritis usually brings pain and inflammation around the joints. To manage these symptoms we may prescribe:
- Pain medication: Anti-inflammatory drugs can relieve mild arthritis pain and corticosteroids can treat severe symptoms.
- Nutritional supplements: It’s not uncommon for veterinarians to recommend foods or supplements that naturally relieve inflammation. We may recommend ginger, turmeric, glucosamine, or fish oil.
- Surgery: Orthopedic surgery is used to treat advanced arthritis in pets or arthritis-related injuries.