Certain things like your pet’s personality and their favourite foods may remain the same through the years. But as they get older, their mobility and activity levels can decrease. This is especially true if they are diagnosed with arthritis. This degenerative disease is unfortunately very common among senior pets. Although there is no cure, it can be managed properly with early diagnosis and medical intervention. Call us at 905-257-3700 to learn more. 

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What happens when pets get arthritis?

Veterinary arthritis works the same way as how the disease affects humans. Through wear and tear, injury, natural aging and/or genetic predisposition, the cartilage that provides cushioning in between your pet’s joints wears down. This causes pain, inflammation, and affects the way your pet moves. Arthritis usually affects the knees and lower-spine area. 

How can I prevent my pet from getting arthritis?

Although some breeds and species of pets are genetically predisposed to the condition, there are also some preventable risk factors. Pets who are overweight or obese are more likely to develop arthritis, so you can minimize your pet’s risk by ensuring they stay at a healthy weight all throughout their life. Some conditions like Lyme disease can also lead to arthritis, so it’s important that pets stay updated on their parasite prevention medications, vaccines and other treatments. (Pets can get Lyme disease from ticks – one of the many parasites that can cause them harm if they are not on any preventative medications.)

How do I know if my pet has arthritis?

Please don’t hesitate to give us a call if you notice the following symptoms in your pet:   

  • Limping/wincing/stiffness
  • Fatigue
  • Irritable/aggressive behaviour (especially when their joints are touched)
  • Weight gain/weight loss
  • Hesitancy to walk, run and engage in previously enjoyed activities

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