Arthritis affects not only people, but also our cherished pets. Did you know that once pets, especially dogs, reach senior age, they have an 80% chance of being diagnosed with arthritis? Although dogs are usually the ones to get this disease, cats, rabbits, and other pets can also develop it once they get older. The good news is with the help of our team, we can manage your pet’s arthritis so they can be as comfortable as possible despite their condition. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 613-695-2060 for more information on how we can help your pet with arthritis.
How do I know if my pet has arthritis?
With arthritis (or any other degenerative joint disease), the first warning signs are usually behavioural. You may notice your pet getting tired more easily, licking their joints more than often (a soothing mechanism) or even wincing in pain when going up the stairs or when you touch their joints. Other signs like increased irritability can be a sign of arthritis and other health issues so it’s important to call us right away so we can properly diagnose your pet.
What are the treatments for arthritis in pets?
There is no cure for arthritis, but there are a number of ways to reduce discomfort and manage the disease. Your veterinarian here at Bank Street may recommend one or a combination of the following:
- Oral medications
- Manual therapy
- Laser therapy
- Surgery (only for severe cases or orthopedic injury)