Pet Arthritis FAQs

As our pets grow older, they fall victim to pet arthritis. Arthritis is a degenerative disease that affects the joints. Over time, pets with arthritis will have difficulty getting up off the ground, tire very easily, and walk very stiffly. At Tierrasanta Veterinary Hospital in San Diego, CA, our veterinarian has treated pet arthritis for many years. Following are the answers to several questions we frequently receive regarding pet arthritis.

Pet Arthritis FAQs

What is Pet Arthritis?

Pet arthritis is a degenerative disease that causes joint inflammation inside the body. The most common symptoms of pet arthritis are hip and leg pain. This condition is typically caused by age, recent injuries, illnesses, or repeated stress to the joints. In most cases, the cartilage protecting the bones of the joint begins to break down. Slowly, the joint loses its cushion to absorb the constant pounding from walking or jumping off elevated heights. Arthritis causes friction between the bones, which leads to pain and decreases the pet's ability to walk. 

What Are the Most Common Pet Arthritis Symptoms?

Pet arthritis can be difficult to diagnose because pets mask their pain. The reason being is they cannot show a sign of weakness to oncoming predators. This characteristic holds for domestic animals as well. At first, the level of pain is mild as your pet will stretch and move slowly before becoming more active in their day. As arthritis progresses, your pet will lose mobility due to increased pain. 

How Does a Veterinarian Treat Pet Arthritis?

Our veterinarian has several treatment options available following the diagnosis of pet arthritis in their patients. Keep in mind that arthritis is not curable, but there are several avenues to reduce your pet’s pain and inflammation levels. Often, this can be accomplished by changing a pet's diet and recommending an exercise program. The goal is to keep your pet moving and maintain constant blood flow throughout the body. All of the exercises are designed to keep the muscles strong, which helps to stabilize the joints. Daily walks and swimming in a heated pool are excellent options. Each recommended exercise helps to keep your pet's joints moving more freely and effortlessly. 

Schedule an Appointment with Our Veterinarian in San Diego, CA

If you are interested in having your pet examined for arthritis, schedule an appointment with Tierrasanta Veterinary Hospital in San Diego, CA. We have diagnosed and treated pet arthritis for many years. Call us today at (858) 292-6116 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.

 

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Monday
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