Unfortunately, about 1 in 5 dogs and 2 in 5 cats will develop arthritis at some point in their life. As many as 80% of senior dogs and cats can be diagnosed with the disease at the later stages of their life. Although there is no cure for arthritis, our team can significantly reduce your pet’s discomfort and symptoms with proper care. Call us at 403-615-8016 to find out how.
How do I know if my pet has arthritis?
The condition may present itself in different ways depending on the patient. Below are examples of the types of symptoms you can watch out for.
- Wincing/visible pain when getting up or lying down
- Irritability when handled/petted
- Reduced mobility and/or agility
- Walking stiffly
- Swollen and/or stiff joints
- Weight gain
- Lack of appetite
How is arthritis treated in pets?
After the vet has diagnosed the type and severity of your pet’s arthritis, they can determine the best course of action. Treatment may include one or a combination of the following:
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Laser therapy
- Rehabilitation (e.g. massage)