Arthritis (osteoarthritis) is very common in older animals. It is a chronic disease that affects joint cartilage. While there is no cure, recent scientific advances have made it possible to greatly relieve your pet’s suffering and improve their quality of life.
What are the symptoms of arthritis?
Animals suffering from arthritis may exhibit different symptoms depending on their age and the disease stage. The most common symptoms include difficulty with certain movements (standing up, lying down, climbing up stairs), limping, loss of appetite, stiffness and a reluctance to be touched or be active.
What causes arthritis?
There are a number of different factors that can lead to osteoarthritis, but the exact cause is not yet known. Factors such as obesity, genetics, breed, poor diet and strenuous exercise can increase the likelihood of osteoarthritis.
How can I help my pet if they are suffering from osteoarthritis?
There are many ways to ease your beloved companion’s pain and improve their quality of life. Some treatments can even slow the progression of the disease. These include:
- A special diet
- A modified exercise regimen
- Laser therapy
- Alternative medicine
- Physiotherapy or physical rehabilitation
- Injections to increase joint fluid
- And more