Arthritis is often one of the biggest ailments that older pets have to deal with, which is why it is important to stay knowledgeable and know the signs and symptoms so that you are able to make your pets as comfortable as possible. Arthritis is caused by unstable joints which then cause the bones to move around against each other. Keep reading to find out more.
Arthritis in dogs can be more common in breeds like Labs and German Shepherds, which is due to their genetics. Cats that are overweight are also more likely to develop arthritis. In both dogs and cats, we see this problem develop in older age. The biggest way to spot if your pet may have arthritis is limping or activity level. Often, owners see that their pets seem to be slowing down and becoming less active, which can definitely be a sign that something is wrong.
The best way to treat arthritis is to prevent it in the first place. Make sure your pet is at a healthy weight and is eating the best diet. If you do think that your pet may be overweight, please set up an appointment and we can get on the right diet plan in order to prevent future health problems, like arthritis. In most cases, diet and exercise can help arthritis, but if your pet becomes too uncomfortable medication may need to be prescribed.
For arthritis concerns or any other health problem your pet is dealing with, please make an appointment online or call us at (480) 968-9275 we would love to help you.