Arthritis is a degenerative joint condition that affects pets in the same way it affects people. The condition is mostly seen in older pets, but it can affect younger animals as well. It is possible to treat arthritis in pets and help them remain comfortable with medication, pain management, and exercise. At Amelia Pointe Animal Hospital & Daycare in Fernandina Beach, we will help you understand how arthritis affects your pet's joints and mobility.
Arthritis in Pets is Very Common
Both cats and dogs are prone to suffering from arthritis at any age, but more so in their older years. Dogs can start exhibiting signs of arthritis at an early age while cats may show signs of arthritis by the time they are a year old. It is not always easy to see the changes in your pet’s behavior because you live with them day-to-day and pets don't always like to show their pain. It often requires an evaluation from a veterinarian to determine if your pet has arthritis.
Signs of Arthritis in Pets
Cats and dogs tend to be very different in how they show pain. You may not recognize the signs of arthritis until you pay close attention to their movements. You may dismiss a hesitance to sit from your dog as poor behavior, or a cat's unwillingness to leap up as typical cat behavior. If these behaviors happen on occasion, it is more likely to be a behavioral issue. However, if they persist or are consistent, your pet is probably dealing with the effects of arthritis in certain joints.
Arthritis Signs in Dogs
Younger dogs of larger breeds are prone to hip dysplasia. Dogs may exhibit this discomfort when sitting or lying down, or moving their hips from side to side. Older dogs tend to have issues getting up and down easily and display a limited range of motion that stems from an afflicted joint.
Arthritis Signs in Cats
Cats do their best to not show signs of discomfort which means you have to be watchful for signs of limited motion. Monitor your cat for more time spent lying around than normal and an unwillingness to play, leap or slide partially down before jumping from a height.
Contact Our Veterinarian in Fernandina Beach, FL
Do you suspect that your furry friend is dealing with arthritis? Get in touch with Amelia Pointe Animal Hospital & Daycare to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian for a checkup. Dr. Branch will perform a physical exam to detect the presence of arthritis and create a treatment plan to help your pet stay comfortable and mobile. Call our team today at (904) 310-9990 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.