Growing older is natural, but it doesn’t have to be painful. As your pet ages gracefully, they may be affected by arthritis. This can make it more difficult and more painful for them to enjoy the simple pleasures in life. With no cure for arthritis, our veterinarian team works double-time to manage your pet’s pain by creating treatment plans tailored to their unique medical and lifestyle needs. Don’t hesitate to contact us at 905-579-4040 if you have any questions about our arthritis treatment services.
What causes arthritis?
As your pet enters their golden years, their joints begin to wear and tear. This causes arthritis to develop, with the most common type being osteoarthritis. As the cartilage that separates their bones begins to break down and their bones rub together, this can cause pain, inflammation and discomfort.
How do I know if my pet has arthritis?
A tell-tale sign that your pet may have arthritis is if they can no longer do certain tasks with ease as they used to such as walking up and down the stairs. For peace of mind, please don’t hesitate to bring them in for a checkup so one of our veterinarians can accurately diagnose and treat them. Other common signs of arthritis in pets include:
- Stiff or swollen joints
- Limping or wincing when touched
- Increased irritability or aggression
- Difficulty moving around
How do you treat arthritis in pets?
Our best course of action to minimize your pet’s discomfort may include a blend of prescription medication, nutritional supplements, laser therapy or rehabilitation. Keeping in mind their age, lifestyle and health status, our veterinarians will work with you to create a treatment plan specifically for them.