As your pet ages, you’ll notice changes in their mobility, which could be caused by arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease, creating inflammation and pain in your pet’s joints. Your furry friends’ daily activities could be impacted, causing stiffness or limpness. Though there is no cure, our veterinary team will create a treatment plan to manage your pet’s pain and wellness.
What causes arthritis?
The word osteoarthritis comes from several words in Greek: “osteo” meaning “bone,” “arthro” meaning “joint,” and “it is” meaning “inflammation.” A combination of factors can contribute to your pet’s arthritis, including genetics, activity level, obesity, joint development and medical history (like how often they’ve been injured). Ensuring your pet has a balanced diet, exercises regularly, maintains a healthy weight and grows at a steady rate will significantly lessen or delay the potential of them developing arthritis.
How is it diagnosed?
Our veterinary team will perform a physical exam, X-rays and palpation, where we use our fingers to feel the source of your pet’s pain and determine its intensity. If you suspect your pet has arthritis, you can schedule an appointment at 705-753-0324. Some tell tale signs you can look out for include:
- Walking stiffly or lameness in their legs
- Reluctance to jump up and/or down stairs, furniture or vehicles
- Stiff, swollen, or sore joints
- Wincing when touched on some parts of the body
- Loss of stamina
- Unexpected aggression towards other pets or towards humans
How is it treated?
Since arthritis is a complex disease, we combine a series of treatment methods to ensure your pet has the best results. Weight plays a role in your pet’s arthritis, based on how much added stress it created on their joints. A part of your pet’s treatment could include prescribing a nutrition plan to help your pet lose weight. Also, we often use Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), a pain medication to reduce your pet’s inflammation and joint pain. This is often combined with acupuncture and chiropractic massages.