Early detection, regular medication and treatment can ease the effects of arthritis in your pet.
Arthritis is a chronic disease that can significantly affect your pet's movement and lifestyle. The disease can affect one or multiple joints in the body. A pet is diagnosed with arthritis when there is an abnormality in the pet's joints or the cartilage between the joints has progressively worn away. If left untreated, it can impact your pet's mobility or cause lameness. If you are worried about your pet being affected by arthritis, call us at 519-360-4508 to book an appointment today.
Arthritis is most commonly diagnosed in senior cats and dogs. It is more likely to occur in pets over ten years of age.
Arthritis is a very commonly diagnosed condition in dogs. Some studies estimate that 1 in 5 dogs have the condition. It is thought that the condition is less prevalent in cats. However, new studies show it might also be just as common in felines.
If you notice your pet is moving awkwardly or stiffly or doesn't seem to be running like before, it might be a sign of arthritis. Other indicators can also include limping, using one limb more frequently over the other, fatigue, failure to use the litter box, irritable behaviour, disinterest in walks or exercise, and swelling in joints. You should contact your veterinarian for a checkup if you notice any of these signs.
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