Arthritis is a common joint disease that can affect both cats and dogs. Detecting and treating the illness early is absolutely critical as it can get worse with time. At Pembroke Animal Hospital we offer various treatment options for this disease. We see patients daily with this condition and have no doubt that it can lower their quality of life. If your loyal companion suffers from arthritis it’s time to give them the relief they desperately need, call us at 613-732-3641.
What causes arthritis in cats and dogs?
There are different factors that can contribute to your canine or feline friend developing this disease such as genetics, past injuries and body weight. It is most commonly seen in senior cats and dogs due to the wear and tear on their joints over the years. With time the cartilage that separates bones at joints can wear down which leads to those bones rubbing against each other. This causes pain and inflammation in the joints.
What are signs of arthritis?
Cats and dogs will try to hide their discomfort by avoiding physical activity. When combined with these other symptoms you should consult a veterinarian:
- Swollen or sore joints
- Walking stiffly or limping
- Problems going up and down the stairs
- Unexpected aggression or irritability
- Groaning when lying down or getting up
- Wincing when being touched
Can the disease be cured?
There is no cure for arthritis but there are various treatment options to eliminate their symptoms. At our hospital, we will perform a complete physical examination along with diagnostic testing such as an X-ray scan to determine which treatment option is best. Arthritis can be treated with pain medication, laser therapy, joint supplements, surgery, modified nutrition and physiotherapy.