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Pet Arthritis FAQ from your Royal Oak Veterinarian

 It's vital as a pet owner to recognize the signs and understand the condition, so you can seek the assistance of a veterinarian in Royal Oak. Your pet ages just like a person. He may get gray hair, and he may even suffer from similar age-related conditions such as arthritis. A vet has the potential to ease the discomfort of your pet to make his “Golden Years” a more enjoyable time for both him and you.

Pet Arthritis FAQ from Woodside Animal Hospital

What Are the Symptoms of Arthritis

One of the most common – and usually the most noticeable for a pet owner – symptoms is pain. Sometimes, the pain changes your pets demeanor, and your pet will become more irritable due to the discomfort. Your pet may experience difficulty walking and might not be able to jump up on your furniture like they were doing. Take notice if you spot your pet limping. It's possible for steps to become difficult to climb as well. Arthritis can affect the joints in your pet's spine, which can lead to a “hunched” back. Joint problems will affect how active your pet is. For instance, your pet might not play or go for walks as long as he once did because of the pain. He might be hesitant to partake in activities he once did. Muscles deteriorate in some cases, so your pet's legs may become thinner. Other signs include the following:

  • Stiffness
  • Yelping, whimpering, howling
  • Decrease in flexibility
  • Bathroom accidents due to limit mobility
  • Soreness when touched

Is Arthritis Curable?

This depends on the type of arthritis. For instance, septic arthritis is reversible while osteoarthritis isn't. A vet will help you to manage your pet's symptoms if it's not curable.

How is Arthritis Treated?

The veterinarian might prescribe steroids or anti-inflammatory drugs. These drugs reduce inflammation and can lessen the amount of pain your pet experiences. Make sure you seek the assistance of a veterinarian for a script instead of giving your pet a medication designed for people. The ones prescribed by a veterinarian are specially designed for animals. The vet might also prescribe supplements that can reduce pain and inflammation. The vet might prescribe antibiotics or another medication for other types of arthritis.

Does Arthritis Only Occur in Older Animals?

Most forms of arthritis are more common in middle-aged and older pets. However, pets can develop arthritis young, depending on the type of arthritis. In fact, pets who are only a few months old can develop certain types of arthritis.

Does My Pet's Weight Affect His Arthritis?

Yes, if your pet is overweight, it puts additional stress on the joints. We'll help you get your pet to a healthy weight to reduce the amount of stress placed on the joints. Additionally, large breeds and overweight animals are more at risk of developing arthritis due to the pressure it puts on the joints.

Contact Us

To learn more about pet arthritis or to schedule your pet for an arthritis examination, contact Woodside Animal Hospital at 248-545-6630. We serve Royal Oak, Farmington, Birmingham, Ferndale, Troy, and Detroit.