Many owners of aging pets want to know whether their pet might be suffering from arthritis, a degenerative joint disease that is treatable in its early stages.
Take note of whether your pet does any of the following*:
- Tire easily
- Lag behind during walks
- Limp or appear stiff after exercise
- Act reluctant to climb stairs or jump up
- Exhibit difficulty rising from a resting position
- Prefer lying to sitting or standing
- Exhibit difficulty bending to reach its food and water dishes
- Collapse or exhibit shaky legs
- Break housetraining
- Suddenly stop using the litterbox (cats)
- Have you noticed changes in your pet’s behavior?
- Has your pet been injured in the past?
- Has your pet been diagnosed with elbow or hip dysplasia?
Answering “yes” to any of these questions should prompt a visit to your veterinarian to have your pet evaluated for arthritis.
The sooner treatment is begun, the sooner a pet’s pain can be managed. Arthritis becomes more severe if left untreated — and more difficult to treat in the later stages. For instance, once cartilage has completely eroded from a joint, it will not return.
If you suspect your pet is having pain or difficulty moving due to arthritis, Contact Us to schedule an examination and consultation today.
*Keep in mind that some symptoms of arthritis mimic those of other diseases. This list is not comprehensive and is not meant to diagnose your pet.