As your furry family member enters their golden years, they will be prone to be diagnosed with several old-age-related diseases. Arthritis is one of the most common ailments that affect pets. Although there is no cure for arthritis in pets, with the right combination of health care treatments and lifestyle modifications, they can still be happy and comfortable despite their diagnosis. Think that your pet has arthritis? Call our teams at 902.564.8356 (Sydney location) or 902.849.3725 (Reserve Mines location) to learn more about how we take care of our patients with arthritis.
What is the best treatment for pets with arthritis?
When it comes to arthritis, there really isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. Your pet’s treatment plan will depend on disease severity as well as their unique lifestyle and other health conditions. Your veterinarian may recommend one or a combination of therapies. Lifestyle changes such as installing soft padding on your stairs at home or your pet’s sleeping area can also help manage their arthritis, along with low-impact exercises like swimming.
What are the signs of arthritis in pets?
When it comes to arthritis, changes in your pet’s actions or behaviours are usually the earliest manifestations of disease progression. You may notice them make wincing sounds when getting up from a sitting to a standing position, or that they can no longer climb up and down the stairs as quickly as they used to. Other warning signs of a possible arthritis diagnosis are swollen joints, limping and trembling when walking.