Being the parent to a senior pet comes with many perks – you have your routines and habits down pat and you have years worth of precious memories to cherish. Unfortunately, there are also some negatives, such as their increased risk for conditions like arthritis. Despite a diagnosis, your pet can still have a comfortable and relatively pain-free life. This all depends on early diagnosis and proper treatment. Please call us at 905.685.7349 to learn more about treatments for arthritis.
How do I know if my pet has arthritis?
It’s always important to be observant to your pet’s habits, movements and appearance. This applies not only to recognizing arthritis, but other medical conditions. Some of the most common signs your pet may have arthritis are:
- Stiff or swollen joints
- Wincing when touched on their joints
- Difficulty performing tasks they usually do (e.g. running, going upstairs, getting up/lying down)
Can arthritis in pets be cured?
Like in humans, there is no cure for arthritis in pets. However, the disease can be properly managed when diagnosed early. Depending on your pet’s unique case, their veterinarian may recommend one or a combination of the following:
- Medications that decrease pain and inflammation
- Monitored weight loss and diet change
- Massage and rehabilitation
- Soft bedding, ramps, slip-free flooring