As pets age, it's not unusual for them to develop new health issues. Arthritis is quite common in senior pets. Although there's no cure, there are treatments available to relieve the pain caused by arthritis and improve quality of life.
What are the signs of arthritis in pets?
Although they vary from pet to pet, some signs of arthritis are more common. Here are some examples:
- Difficulty getting around (climbing stairs, standing up, etc.)
- Loss of appetite
- Pain when petted or touched
What causes arthritis?
Many factors contribute to the development of arthritis. These include:
- Being overweight
- Poor diet
- Too much exercise
What can I do to help my pet if they have arthritis?
There are many things you can do to improve their quality of life. These include special foods, tailored exercises and hydrotherapy. Other options include prescription medications and physical rehabilitation to help them stay active. Our team can offer advice on how to make your pet as comfortable as possible.