As you know, the older our pets get, the more attention they require from both the owner and veterinary team. Senior pets are more susceptible to having conditions like arthritis, which is actually the most common illness among their age bracket. There is no cure for arthritis in pets but with a personalized care plan, we can ensure that your pet stays comfortable and mobile despite their diagnosis. Call us at 902.863.3157 to find out how we can help your pet with their condition.
What are the signs of arthritis in pets?
One of the earliest signs of arthritis is a difference in the way your pet moves. For example, it may take them longer to climb up and down stairs or to keep up with you during your hikes. Over time as arthritis progresses, symptoms will become more pronounced. Some of these signs include: swollen joints, limping, trembling and wincing when touched on the limbs/joints/paws.
What is the treatment for arthritis in pets?
After a consultation with our team, we can determine the best course of action for your pet. Usually a combination of treatments may be prescribed. They can include any of the following: oral medications, acupuncture, massage, laser therapy and lifestyle changes. A combination of in-clinic and at-home care is needed so that your pet can be as comfortable and as mobile as possible despite their arthritis.