When a pet has arthritis, it can make normal movement much more difficult. Arthritis tends to get worse as time goes on, and there is no cure for it. Arthritis in pets can be painful and difficult for owners to watch. However, some treatments may be right for your pet. If you have concerns about your pet and live in or around Fort Lauderdale, contact South Federal Animal Hospital to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians.
Symptoms of Arthritis in Pets
Arthritis can develop in pets in their joints, shoulders, hips, legs, back, etc. This is often caused simply by aging. It can also be caused by certain medical conditions as well as genetic causes. Some breeds of pets are more susceptible to arthritis than others. In dogs, being a large breed can be a big risk for the condition. When your pet has arthritis, you may find that he has more difficulty moving than he did when he was younger. This can be seen as being hesitant to jump, climb, run or walk and sitting with less flexibility.
He may also have changes develop in his muscle tone. You may notice that your pet has less muscle or that he gains weight. Arthritis can also cause your pet to become less playful. When pets are experiencing pain, they likely won't be willing to play. They may also find that playing is more difficult for them, so they are hesitant to do it. Your pet may get more sluggish and may experience depression because of his inability to jump around and play.
Is Your Pet in Pain?
If you suspect that your pet has arthritis, it's important to watch him closely to look for any signals that he is in pain. When a pet favors one leg or has a limp, this can mean arthritis. For dogs, panting at times when they haven't engaged in physical activity is another sign. Pets with arthritis may also have stiff limbs in the morning. Be sure to notice your pet at different times of the day so that you will notice any patterns. If your pet is more active earlier in the day and moves little in the evening, arthritis may be the issue.
Contact Our Veterinarians in Fort Lauderdale, FL
When a pet is suffering from arthritis, it's important to get him the treatment he needs. If your pet is showing signs of arthritis or it has been a while since his last checkup, call our team at South Federal Animal Hospital today at (954) 523-8527 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.