As your furry family members grow older, it is normal for their joints and bones to weaken due to arthritis. Some pets such as larger dog breeds, sporting dogs and hunting dogs are more likely to develop arthritis over others. Our veterinarians and veterinary technicians here at South Shore can help design a treatment plan for your pet so they can be as comfortable as possible despite their diagnosis. Call us at 902.543.5602 for more details.
Can cats get arthritis?
Absolutely. It may be slightly more common in dogs but arthritis can also affect our feline friends. It can develop in any part of their body but usually it progresses in their hind legs. Once your cat reaches 7-years-old and above, they are at increased risk of arthritis.
What are the symptoms of arthritis in pets?
The signs you will notice will depend on the severity of the disease and your pet’s specific case. They may be more irritable, tired and reluctant to move around or do activities they used to enjoy. It is common for older pets to slow down, but if this is coupled with limping, yelping when they are touched or excessive licking of their joints then it may be time to contact your veterinarian.
How can I help my pet with arthritis?
We recommend you first seek the advice and suggestion of your pet’s veterinarian. During a one-on-one consultation, they will create a treatment plan to help manage your pet’s condition. Depending on their advice, you may be asked to give your pet certain supplements, medications and prescription diets at home. You may also be asked to change certain aspects of your routine. For example, opting for swimming instead of walking as it is an exercise that puts less strain on your pet’s joints. You may also be instructed to buy step stools or padding to lessen your pet’s chances of being injured at home. In-clinic treatments like acupuncture, rehab and more may also be recommended.