Arthritis Services for Pets
Arthritis is a joint disease that not only affects humans but also pets. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis. Pets that are older or have bone injuries are more likely to develop this condition. There is no cure for arthritis but there are various forms of treatments available to make your loyal companion’s life more comfortable.
How do I know if my pet has arthritis?
Your pets will naturally try to hide their pain. It’s an instinctual defense mechanism that most animals have. This is why you have to be aware of the changes in their behaviour. A pet experiencing pain from arthritis may:
- Sleep more than usual
- Have more bathroom accidents
- Play less with their toys
- Start limping
- Yelp when touched on joints
- Be reluctant to move
- Have difficulty going up or down the stairs
If you notice your pet showing any of these signs they may need to be examined for arthritis by a veterinarian. We recommend you schedule an appointment with our veterinarian right away at 613.531.3334.
What treatments are available for arthritis?
The treatment your pet is given depends on how severe the disease is, as well as the lifestyle and overall health of your pet. Some common treatments for arthritis include: anti-inflammatory drugs, supplements and massages. A balanced nutritional diet and exercise will keep your pet at a healthy weight to keep the tension off their joints. To make their lives easier at home our veterinarians may recommend installing ramps, softer bedding or anything else that can minimize injury.