Pets can suffer from various conditions, some more common than others. One of the most prevalent conditions seen in older pets is arthritis, which can be managed with proper care and treatment. We at South Federal Animal Hospital, serving Fort Lauderdale and Davie, FL, are equipped to treat this condition and many others. To help pet owners better understand arthritis and its treatments, we have compiled a list of common questions we might receive about this condition. A veterinarian on our veterinary team is here to help.
What Is Pet Arthritis?
Pet arthritis is what we referred to as a progressive disease, meaning it can worsen over time. It can cause significant pain, inflammation, and stiffness in the pet’s joints. This condition can also cause crippling lameness in the pet if left unmanaged. Dogs are more commonly diagnosed with this condition than cats, but it can affect both species.
What Causes Arthritis in Pets?
Like humans, pets are more susceptible to certain conditions as they age, including arthritis. It can be caused by several factors, which include obesity, trauma, and genetics. The cartilage between their joints thins out, causing the bones to rub against each other when they move. This causes inflammation and pain in the joints.
What Are Signs of Arthritis in My Pet?
Arthritis can become a little tricky to spot in your pet because they have a natural instinct to mask pain. However, some of the most common symptoms of arthritis are listed below:
- Stiffness and perhaps even inability to move a certain body part
- Limping or difficulty walking
- Crying out in pain when moving or attempting to get up from lying down or sitting.
- Trouble getting comfortable in bed or other resting places.
It's important to notice these symptoms because your pet might be silently suffering in pain. You may even notice they are more reluctant to eat or drink because they don't want to get up from their bed or crate.
How Is Pet Arthritis Treated?
Our veterinarians can help treat arthritis. We can prescribe pain medications and other supplements. We also have other methods of treating arthritis, such as lifestyle advice. It's also important to remember never to give pets human medication to treat conditions in pets. We'll evaluate your pet and make a right treatment plan for them.
Call a Veterinarian on Our Veterinary Team
We at South Federal Animal Hospital are a veterinary practice that is dedicated to providing the necessary care for every client. If you believe your pet is showing signs of arthritis, let us help manage the issue. Don't hesitate to make an appointment with us today for professional care in the Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Davie, FL area.