When your pet has been diagnosed with arthritis, you probably have a few questions. These pet arthritis FAQs from Compassion Veterinary Hospital can answer some of your questions.
What is Arthritis?
Believe it or not, arthritis is a common condition in pets. It impacts the joints of animals, including dogs and cats. It occurs when there is inflammation and stiffness in the joints. It can also cause the joints to degenerate. It can impact any joint in the body, but it will most likely occur in the spine, elbows, and hips. Many pets with arthritis have pain and it is difficult for them to move. This condition typically occurs in older pets.
What is the Cause of Arthritis?
Several factors can cause arthritis. These factors include injuries, infections, and genetics. While it is most often in older animals, younger animals that have been injured or have an infection may also get arthritis.
What are the Signs of Arthritis?
There could be several signs, including difficulty moving, stiffness, and limping. There may be tenderness or swelling in the joints. You may also notice that your pet is less active and doesn’t want to move around. They may no longer want to play. You may begin to see changes in your pet’s behavior. They may become irritable or lethargic.
How Can Arthritis Be Diagnosed?
Your veterinarian typically diagnoses arthritis with a thorough exam, including an understanding of its medical history. We may also use tests and imaging to confirm the diagnosis. This may also be able to help us determine how severe the condition is.
Can it Be Treated?
Medication may reduce the pain and inflammation your pet experiences. Physical therapy can also help with pain and inflammation. Your pet may need weight management to reduce the stress on its joints. You can try using supplements that provide joint health. In severe cases, surgery may be able to repair or replace the joint.
Contact Our Veterinarians in Bradford, NH
Our veterinarians at Compassion Veterinary Hospital proudly serve the Bradford area. We focus on providing the best possible care for your pet. We care for all pets of any age. No matter if your pet has arthritis or just needs regular preventative care, we are here for you. We combine traditional and alternative therapies to provide stress-free care for you and your pet. Call our team today at (603) 938-5500 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.