Arthritis in Pets

Does your pet have arthritis? Let’s take a look at the symptoms and some common treatments…

Everyone hates getting old, but at least us humans can whine and moan about it. Our poor pets can’t talk about getting old, mainly because they don’t know it’s happening to them, or what getting old is… that’s where you, their loving owner, come in.


What is arthritis?

Arthritis affects cats and dogs in the same way as it affects humans. Their joints can become inflamed as they age; this restricts their movement and can sometimes be very painful.

Arthritis occurs when the animal’s joints become inflamed. This can lead to cartilage wear, which in turn can lead to the bones rubbing together. The cartilage protects the ends of the bones and if this wears through, the resulting bone-on-bone contact can be very painful.

Any pet can get arthritis but it’s more common in the cases of older pets and pets that are overweight – any instance where extra pressure is placed on the joints.


Symptoms

Your dog may be noticeably stiff; their movements may appear slow and stilted or they might show a limp. Cats are less likely to do this – their symptoms will be more evident in their behaviour and mood.

Because of the strain of movement, they might become reluctant to move and spend more time asleep, so they might come across as lethargic and tired a lot of the time.

Lack of movement can lead to a loss of appetite or to weight gain – this can make the problem worse because the increased weight puts extra pressure on the joints. The pet may also appear restless or depressed, as they can’t get comfortable to lie down and rest.


Outlook and treatments

Arthritis is a permanent condition and it usually progresses as the pet grows older. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to be done! If you think that your dog or cat is suffering from arthritis, contact us and we’ll take a closer look at the options available.

The most common remedies for arthritis are anti-inflammatory therapy and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, otherwise known as NSAIDs. You can manage the condition by making sure your pet’s bed and sleeping area are nice and warm and by keeping them at a healthy weight – weight control is the cheapest and healthiest way of helping arthritis. Treatments such as Vetpro: Joints & Mobility can also help.

The best thing you can do, especially at this chilly time of year, is to keep an eye on your pet and get in touch if you think they’re displaying any signs or symptoms!

Practice information

The Veterinary Clinic, Stone Cross

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261 Walsall Road Stone Cross West Bromwich B71 3HR
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The Veterinary Clinic, Dyas

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2 Dyas Road Kingstanding Birmingham B44 8SF
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The Veterinary Clinic, Erdington

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749 Chester Road Birmingham B24 0BY
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The Veterinary Clinic, Castle Bromwich

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128 Green Lane Birmingham B36 0BX
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The Veterinary Clinic, Kings Heath

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304 Vicarage Road Kings Heath Birmingham B14 7NH
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The Veterinary Clinic, Lazy Hill

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21 Anchor Road Aldridge West Midlands WS9 8PT
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The Veterinary Clinic, New Hall

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215A Walmley Road Sutton Coldfield West Midlands B76 2PP
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The Veterinary Clinic, Sutton Park

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343A Jockey Road Sutton Coldfield West Midlands B73 5XD
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The Veterinary Clinic, Valley

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11a Bowstoke Road Great Barr Birmingham B43 5EB
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The Veterinary Clinic, West Bromwich

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130 Lodge Road West Bromwich West Midlands B70 8PL
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The Veterinary Clinic, Great Barr - opening Oct 7th

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1236 Aldridge Road, Great Barr, Birmingham B44 8PE
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