Arthritis Services for Pets

Improving joint health by reducing pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.

As they get older, cats and dogs become susceptible to developing arthritis. Other factors such as their breed, lifestyle, and weight can increase their chances of becoming arthritic. Our veterinary team understands the immense pain that your loyal companion experiences when they have the disease. Although there is no cure, we are committed to making their lives comfortable. To discuss how we can treat your cat or dog for arthritis, call us at 403-932-5875.

What are signs my cat or dog has arthritis?

The most obvious sign of the disease will be problems with mobility. Cats and dogs will begin to limp or move stiffly when they have arthritis. You may also notice that they:

  • Slow down when using the stairs
  • Stay in one place
  • Start urinating or defecating outside of the litterbox (too difficult to jump in)
  • Groom themselves excessively in one area of the body
  • Decrease in their range of motion
  • Have clicks in their joints when moving
  • Become more irritable
  • Lose interest in activities they used to love
  • Have swollen joints

Which body parts are affected by arthritis?

This joint disease can develop in the hips, elbows, lower back, shoulders, knees, and wrists. Certain breeds are more prone to developing arthritis in specific areas of the body. Labradors and Golden Retrievers are more likely to develop arthritis in their shoulders. Other issues such as obesity, Lyme disease, ligament injury, and infection can also cause your cat or dog to develop arthritis.

How is pet arthritis treated?

If our veterinarians suspect that your pet has arthritis, they will first perform a physical exam. Our team may perform other testing such as digital X-ray scans. With this tool, we can locate where they have arthritis and determine a treatment plan. The following treatment options may be recommended:

  1. Pain medication: Helps relieve pain and reduces inflammation
  2. Joint supplements: Glucosamine and omega-3 fatty acids can decrease inflammation and support cartilage & bones
  3. Rehabilitation: Laser therapy, acupuncture, and physical therapy
  4. Managing their weight: Excess weight will increase pressure on their joints
  5. Surgery: This can provide a better quality of life for your pet

How can I modify my home to care for my arthritic cat or dog?

When your pet has arthritis, making a few changes around your home to accommodate them can reduce their anxiety and pain. Some easy options include adding non-slip rugs on slippery surfaces, blocking off stairways, providing orthopedic beds, and using lift harnesses. These modifications can reduce your pet's chances of falling, being uncomfortable, or developing other injuries.

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