Arthritis Services for Pets

Alleviating the discomfort of your cat and dog by improving their mobility.

Arthritis treatment for pets focuses on reducing pain, improving joint function, and enhancing their overall quality of life. Veterinarians may recommend a combination of approaches including medication to manage pain and inflammation, joint supplements to support joint health, weight management to alleviate stress on the joints, and physical therapy or low-impact exercises to maintain mobility and muscle strength. Regular veterinary check-ups are recommended to ensure your cat or dog remains comfortable. To book an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 705-692-4446.

What is the main cause of arthritis in dogs and cats?

The main cause of arthritis in pets is often attributed to age-related degeneration of the joints, commonly known as osteoarthritis. As pets grow older, the protective cartilage in their joints may wear down, leading to joint inflammation, pain, and stiffness. Other factors that can contribute to the development of arthritis in pets include genetic predisposition, joint abnormalities, previous injuries, obesity, and certain underlying conditions such as immune-mediated diseases or joint infections. While aging is a primary factor, it's important to note that arthritis can also affect younger pets due to specific joint abnormalities or traumatic injuries!

What parts of the body does arthritis affect?

Arthritis can affect various parts of the body in both humans and animals. In pets, the most commonly affected areas include the joints, which are the points where bones meet. The most prevalent joints affected by arthritis in cats and dogs are the hips, knees, elbows, shoulders, wrists, and ankles. However, arthritis can potentially affect any joint in the body. Additionally, the spine and vertebral joints can also be prone to arthritis, leading to discomfort and limited mobility. The specific joints affected can vary depending on the species, breed, and individual circumstances of the pet.

How do I make my arthritic pet more comfortable?

There are several measures you can take to make your arthritic dog or cat more comfortable:

  • Provide a cozy and supportive sleeping area
  • Manage their weight
  • Ensure they get moderate exercise
  • Keep them warm
  • Consider assistive devices
  • Ask the doctor about appropriate medication and supplements
  • Take them to regular veterinary check-ups
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