It’s very normal for your furry friends to be affected by arthritis. Unlike us humans your pets are unable to communicate where it hurts or figure out how to treat it. Your pets rely on you to work with a doctor for diagnosis and treatment. At Cremona Veterinary Clinic we specialize in treating arthritis in your loyal companions and getting them back on their feet in no time.
How does arthritis develop in my pet?
Most pets suffer a special type of arthritis known as osteoarthritis. This may develop in your pet for various reasons such as age, injury, inflammatory diseases and even their weight. Osteoarthritis is the disease that develops when the cartilage between the joints begins to wear down. As the cartilage begins to wear down, the bones rub against each other and your pet begins to feel pain in that area.
What are signs my pet may have arthritis?
It is important to stay vigilant of your pet as the signs may be small in the early stages. Your pet may even go as far as trying to hide their pain or refuse to do certain things they normally enjoy. Here are some signs to lookout for:
- Stiff movements
- Walking more slowly or limping
- Less playful/mobile
- Difficulty going up and down the stairs
- More cautious when standing up or sitting down
If you notice one or more of these signs then your pet may be experiencing pain. It is your job to consult a veterinarian to get an accurate diagnosis for their symptoms. To have your pet examined for arthritis, don’t hesitate to call us at 403-637-3928.
How is arthritis treated in pets?
Once our team has performed the necessary tests and can confidently diagnose your pet’s condition as arthritis, we create a pain management program. Arthritis can be treated with natural food supplements, pain medication, lifestyle changes or surgery.