Like humans, pets can develop arthritis, and it can be just as debilitating as it is in humans. This condition is most common in pets that are middle-aged and older; however, certain issues can cause arthritis in younger pets. The pain from arthritis can be treated at All Care Animal Clinic.
What Are the Symptoms of Arthritis in Pets?
If your pet is suffering from arthritis, there are several symptoms that they might experience.
- Limping: Limping is one of the most common symptoms of arthritis. Your pet will favor one or more of their legs, depending on the joint that is affected. The limping is often worse when your pet has been resting for a while.
- Difficulty moving: Pets have trouble moving and doing things they once could do easily. For example, your dog may not want to go up and down the stairs, and your cat may no longer jump on the countertops.
- Spinal problems: Arthritis can affect your pet's spine. The changes caused by the disease can cause abnormal posture, a sore neck, and lameness in the back legs.
- Fatigue: Your pet may sleep more often if they have arthritis. They will want to walk and play less and sleep more.
- Irritability: The pain associated with arthritis can make your pet irritable. When being handled, your dog might growl. A cat or dog will bite or snap due to the pain.
- Biting, Chewing, and Licking: The pain from arthritis will cause your pet to lick, bite, and chew at the areas that hurt.
How Is Pet Arthritis Diagnosed?
If your pet is experiencing the symptoms of arthritis, your veterinarian will perform a few tests.
- Physical exam: During a physical exam, your vet will check for points of pain. They will also note your pet's movements that cause them the most pain.
- X-ray: X-rays are useful in diagnosing arthritis and also tracking the progression of the disease.
- Joint fluid analysis: An analysis of the fluid in your pet's joints can help diagnose this condition. This procedure is relatively painless and is extracted using a needle.
- Blood tests: Your vet may perform a blood test to rule out other diseases that can be causing your pet's pain.
How Is Arthritis Treated?
There is no cure for arthritis; however, there are medications available that can reduce your pet's pain, and improve their quality of life. NSAIDs such as Norvox and Rimadyl Deramaxx are very effective in treating the pain.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
If your pet is experiencing the symptoms of arthritis, our veterinarian at All Care Animal Clinic in West Palm Beach can diagnose the condition and recommend a treatment plan. The sooner you schedule an appointment, the sooner your pet will start acting like their old self again. You can call us at (561) 688-1154.