Arthritis Care

Arthritis in cats and dogs can be managed with proper care and veterinary guidance.

Arthritis is a medical condition that impacts your pet’s joints. When the cartilage that protects their bones from touching fades away, it causes them to rub together. This leads to discomfort and pain for your pet’s every move. Jumping, running and playing will no longer be easy and fun tasks for them. To get your pet diagnosed and treated as soon as possible, make an appointment as soon as possible by calling 403-527-4888.

What are common signs of arthritis?

Weight gain and a lost interest in physical activity are typical signs your pet has developed arthritis. These symptoms usually indicate your pet doesn’t want to move. As a result, they will put on some extra pounds, which will only exacerbate their condition. Some animals try to hide their conditions, so as not to appear weak. However, they may react sharply to being touched in the affiliated area or lick that area excessively. Watch out for these subtle behaviour changes and feel free to call us with questions.

How do you diagnose arthritis?

X-rays allow us to look inside your pet’s body and search for abnormalities. Signs of arthritis include inflammation and growths forming on their joints. We can also detect the condition through touch. We look for signs of irritation or resistance by feeling your pet’s body. Of course, for a concrete diagnosis we will do an X-ray and follow up with a treatment plan.

Does arthritis only affect older animals?

No. Contrary to people’s beliefs, arthritis affects animals of all ages. The condition can develop from injuries that did not heal well, obesity and genetics.

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