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Arthritis Services for Pets

Expert services to diagnose and create customized treatment plans for arthritic pets.

Although arthritis is commonly associated with humans, it is worth noting that this health problem can also affect cats and dogs. It is commonly known as the "wear and tear" disease, as it usually occurs in pets as they age. However, other factors such as breed, weight, and previous injuries can also contribute to the development of arthritis in animals. Our hospital has highly experienced veterinarians who specialize in creating customized treatment plans for each patient. To learn more about our treatment plans, call us at 250-727-2125.

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

Pets can manifest various symptoms, but they often conceal their pain until it is severe; hence, it is crucial to keep a close eye out for the following common signs:

  • Stiffness
  • Lameness, limping, or difficulty rising
  • Reluctance to run, jump, or play
  • Changes in behavior or irritability
  • Loss of stamina.

How does my pet develop arthritis?

While there is no one specific cause of arthritis, it can arise due to various factors such as genetic predisposition, the aging process, previous injuries, obesity, history of orthopedic surgery, nutritional factors, and even hip dysplasia.

Can arthritis be cured?

Regrettably, there is no known cure for arthritis in pets, but there are various treatments available that can ease pain and hinder the progression of the disease. It is easier to manage symptoms if the disease is diagnosed early, and treatment options may include adjustments to diet, low-impact exercise, joint supplements, pain-relieving medication, and laser therapy.

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