Arthritis is an incurable disease that affects animals and humans. When your pet has this condition, they are in constant discomfort, which slowly degrades their quality of life. At Onoway Veterinary Clinic, we strive to bring back that spark and happiness to your pet's life through proper diagnosis and treatment. We encourage pet owners to contact us immediately if they suspect their pet has arthritis. Schedule an appointment at 780-967-2967 to learn more.
How does arthritis develop in pets?
Pets usually develop the disease when they are older. Due to aging, the cartilage between their bones begins to wear down. With each movement, the bones rub together resulting in pain and inflammation at the joint. The disease can develop in various parts of the body but is commonly diagnosed in the hips, elbow, lower back, wrist and knees.
When should I have my pet examined for arthritis?
Certain behaviours in your pet can be an indication that they are in pain. In an attempt to hide their suffering, your pet will shy away from physical activities or become aggressive towards other people or animals. If this happens, you should have your pet examined by a veterinarian. We use X-rays to diagnose arthritis, then we determine which treatment is best. Here are some other signs that your pet may have arthritis:
- Limping or difficulty walking
- Stiff or swollen joints
- Wincing when touched
- Groaning when lying down or getting up
What treatments may be recommended for my arthritic pet?
Arthritis is a lifelong condition, so our goal is to recommend a form of treatment that can keep your pet comfortable. Based on where your pet has arthritis, we will provide individualized treatment and care. The veterinarian may recommend the following:
- Laser therapy
- Joint supplements
- Anti-inflammatory/Pain medication