Arthritis can impact pets' joints creating inflammation and discomfort. Some pets develop arthritis due to wear and tear from aging. Otherwise, the disease can be attributed to a previous injury, genetics, or another health condition. To learn more about arthritis, please contact us at 604-522-3344.
What is arthritis?
The most common type of arthritis that impacts pets is osteoarthritis. Arthritis is caused by damage to the cartilage in your pet's joints, which acts as protective cushioning for their bones. When the bones lose this, they rub against each other causing inflammation and pain. Though pets can experience arthritis in any joint, we often diagnose it in their hips, elbows, shoulders, and knees.
Is my pet in pain?
Before your pet is formally diagnosed with arthritis, there are signs of the disease you can pay attention to. For example, if your pet suddenly has trouble moving up and down stairs or gets tired more easily, these could be attributed to arthritis. Other signs of the disease include:
- Changes in behaviour
- Yelping when touched
- Reduced activity
How are pets diagnosed with arthritis?
For your pet to be diagnosed, we perform a physical exam to determine the severity of their potential illness. We examine their joints for any pain, swelling, or stiffness since the disease can impact your pet's range of motion. We also use diagnostic testing like X-rays and bloodwork to rule out other potential health conditions. Once your pet is diagnosed with arthritis, we can determine the best course of action to support pain management. Since arthritis is incurable, we work with you to ensure your pet's quality of life isn't negatively impacted by their diagnosis.
Their treatment plan will be specifically tailored to the severity of their arthritis and may include supplements, exercise, special diets, anti-inflammatory medication, and therapeutic treatments.