Pet Arthritis - How Your Laguna Hills Veterinarian Diagnoses and Treats Arthritis in Pets
You don’t expect your pet to be as active and “bouncy” as it was as a kitten or puppy. Even the most active pets slow down as they get older. Some of the signs of aging your pet might be showing could be due to the pain and stiffness of arthritis. Our Laguna Hills veterinarian at Trinity Pet Hospital can provide an accurate diagnosis and treatment for your pet if it is suffering from arthritis.
What Is Pet Arthritis and What Causes It?
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis in dogs and cats. It is caused by wear and tear of the cartilage in the joints. When this cartilage degrades, the bones rub against each other, the area becomes inflamed, and the result is arthritis.
While osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis in dogs and cats, there are other types. Some are caused by infections or immune disorders, fractures involving the joint, or other health conditions. It’s important to have your pet’s symptoms accurately diagnosed. Your veterinarian needs to rule out any serious medical conditions and advise you on the best course of treatment.
Signs Your Pet Might Have Arthritis
Arthritis can affect any joint in your pet’s body. Any of the signs below might indicate arthritis. For example:
- Problems or “being careful” getting up or laying down
- Standing or walking abnormally
- Not wanting to go on walks
- Not wanting to engage in normal activities like chasing a ball or going upstairs
- Apparent pain
Veterinary Treatment for Pets with Arthritis at Our Laguna Hills Animal Hospital
Dogs are at the greatest risk of getting arthritis, but cats get it too. Larger breeds are most susceptible to the disease and it usually occurs later in life. However, arthritis can occur in any pet at any age.
Take your pet to the animal hospital as soon as you see any of the signs or symptoms listed above. Our Laguna Hills veterinarian will take x-rays to view your pet’s joints, and possibly perform other tests. While there is no cure for arthritis, early treatment can help manage pain, slow the progression of the disease, and help keep your pet comfortable. To accomplish this, our veterinarian might prescribe NSAIDs or joint supplements. Lifestyle changes for your pet might include weight loss, swimming for low-impact exercise, and providing your pet with a warm, orthopedic bed.
Contact Trinity Pet Hospital
If you suspect your pet might have arthritis, contact Trinity Pet Hospital in Laguna Hills today. Only a veterinarian can make an accurate diagnosis and advise you on treatment to give your pet the best possible quality of life.