Arthritis is a degenerative joint disease. It typically occurs in older cats and dogs. Though arthritis is incurable, there are ways to reduce pain and slow the disease’s progression.
What are the symptoms of arthritis?
While these symptoms are often associated with arthritis, they could also be related to a different health problem. That’s why it’s important to get in touch with your vet as soon as you notice any of the following:
- Loss of appetite
- More time spent lying down
- Stiffness after physical activity
- Reduced interest in exercising for as long as before
- Aggressive reaction to being touched
- Difficulty moving
- Changes in posture
What causes arthritis?
Arthritis can be caused by a number of different factors, but the most common are:
- Being overweight
- Stop-and-go exercises
- Poor diet
How do you treat arthritis?
There are a number of treatment options. Reach out to our veterinary team for more information on the right treatments for your beloved companion. They include:
- Weight management
- Healthy joint diet
- Laser therapy
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Dietary supplements
- Limiting physical activity
- Regular medical checkups