Arthritis is a condition that affects the joints of your pet, hindering mobility. Although both cats and dogs can develop arthritis, it’s more common in dogs, especially as they grow older. If your pet is having mobility issues, contact your Toronto veterinarian to see if it has this condition. These FAQs from Eglinton Dufferin Animal Clinic in York explain more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of pet arthritis.
What causes arthritis in pets?
Arthritis is a degenerative condition caused by joint inflammation and the wear and tear of your pet's joint cartilage. Cartilage cushions the joints to facilitate smooth movement. Over the years, this cartilage can break down due to wear and tear. The loss of cartilage results in the joints grinding against each other during movement, causing pain. Overweight dogs are more prone to developing this condition due to the excess weight putting pressure on their joints.
What are some common symptoms of arthritis in pets?
Pets are notorious for hiding pain, so you may not notice arthritic symptoms in your pet right away. Once the symptoms become more pronounced, you’re more likely to note that something is amiss with your pet. Some common signs that your pet may be suffering from arthritis are:
- Your pet limping for no apparent reason
- Difficulty standing from a sitting position
- Painful mobility
- Stiff, swollen, or painful joints to the touch
- Difficulty climbing or jumping
- Loss of interest in walking, running, or playing
- Changes in behavior or temperament
A visit to our veterinary clinic can determine if your pet has arthritis so it can receive treatment. For your convenience, we offer pet care services to residents in York, North York, and Midtown York in the Toronto area.
How is pet arthritis treated?
Although there’s no cure for arthritis in pets, your vet can recommend treatments to manage your pet’s symptoms. For overweight pets, losing weight can relieve joint pressure and dramatically reduce symptoms. We may prescribe medication to reduce pain and discomfort and supplements to improve mobility. Changing your pet’s environment to make food, water, beds, and toys more easily accessible can make life easier for a pet with arthritis.
Can my pet exercise with arthritis?
Low-impact exercises like short walks and swimming are good for pets with arthritis as they improve circulation and help strengthen muscles and joints. Avoid running, jumping, and other strenuous activities that can trigger pain.
Contact Eglinton Dufferin Animal Clinic for Pet Arthritis Treatment
To schedule a consultation at our veterinary clinic for pet arthritis treatment, contact Eglinton Dufferin Animal Clinic, serving York, North York, and Midtown York, at 647-352-2201. We’re your one-stop location for pet care services in the Toronto area.