Senior pets are more likely to develop arthritis based on a combination of factors like genetics, unhealed injuries, and obesity. Early detection is essential for your pet's pain management. Pets with arthritis tend to have mobility issues and pain because of the friction between their joints. Our team will work with you to reduce the impact of your pet's illness on their daily life.
What is arthritis?
Arthritis happens when the protective cartilage protecting joints and bones is destroyed, causing friction and pain for your pet. This health issue is treatable but not curable. Our team will develop a pain management plan to provide your pet with the treatment and strategies they need to maintain joint health. Some joints are more prone to arthritis than others, including your pet's hips, elbows, lower back, knees, and wrists.
How can I tell if my pet has arthritis?
Depending on the progression of your pet's illness, you may notice some telltale signs that could be a sign of arthritis. The only way we can confirm a diagnosis is by considering your pet's medical history and age and performing a physical exam as well as X-rays. If your pet is displaying any of the following symptoms, please contact us at 519-941-2275:
- Difficulty walking, running, or climbing
- Loss of appetite
- Behavioural changes
What are some ways I can ease my pet's pain?
Along with non-inflammatory medication and surgery, there are a few strategies we can recommend to ease your pet's pain. Light exercises such as short walks and swimming can help with stiff joints without causing added stress. Feeding your pet a diet rich in fatty acids can also help decrease inflammation in their body as well as other symptoms associated with arthritis. Treatments like acupuncture and physical rehabilitation can also provide support for your pet's mobility issues.