Arthritis is not limited to a particular age group of dogs or cats, though the disease is diagnosed more in those that are middle-aged or older. As a degenerative joint disease, your dog or cat’s conditions likely worsen with time, especially without medical intervention. Through early assessment of the disease, we can alleviate the remedy pain your dog or cat could experience.
What is degenerative joint disease?
As a degenerative joint disease, your dog or cat’s joints will weaken more over time. In between bones in their joints, cartilage acts as a protective cushioning. As it wears away, more friction is created. This results in pain and inflammation, which can be uncomfortable for your dog or cat, depending on the stage of their disease. Since arthritis is more often diagnosed in older patients, early symptoms of the disease also coincide with the signs of aging. For example, changes in behaviour like aggression or becoming less active could be mistakenly attributed to old age. It’s better to connect with our veterinary team to provide your furry companion with a definitive diagnosis. To book an appointment, please contact us at 613-247-0013.
What types of arthritis affect dogs and cats?
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of the disease, which can be diagnosed with a physical examination and X-ray. We commonly notice it in dogs' and cats’ shoulders, hips, elbows, knees and ankles. Based on the progression of the disease, we’ll identify a treatment plan to support pain management, which could include anti-inflammatory medication, treatments, exercise and weight management.
What are the signs of arthritis?
The signs of arthritis are connected to the pain and inflammation your dog or cat is likely experiencing. Even subtle changes in their eating habits or temperament could be signs of the disease. Things to look out for include:
- Decreased mobility
- Loss of appetite
- Changes in behaviour
- Decreased activity level