Signs of Arthritis in Pets

Signs of Arthritis in Pets

Unfortunately, it’s difficult for pets to let their owners know when something is wrong. While a human loved one can often simply tell you that they are sick or in pain, it’s not so easy for pets to communicate with us. If you have an older cat, dog, or other companion, it’s smart to keep an eye out for arthritis. If you believe your companion is suffering from this condition, it’s wise to seek out veterinary advice. Looking for a veterinarian? Contact Silicon Valley Pet Clinic, serving San Jose, CA. For now, let’s cover some of the more common signs of arthritis among pets.

Common Symptoms of Arthritis in Pets

First, the most common signs of arthritis are issues with mobility. Your pet may struggle to get up and down, for example. Or stairs that they once raced up may suddenly become all but insurmountable. If your pet is only struggling from time to time, it may be due to a small issue, such as a pulled or strained muscle. However, if your pet is constantly lethargic and struggling with mobility, it may be due to arthritis and other chronic conditions.

Often, animals that are suffering from chronic pain will start to rest far more often and will avoid physical activities. This means your dog that once loved playing fetch may want to skip the park altogether. Your companion may also become more irritable, and they may seek out quieter areas of the house.

In some cases, pets will lick and chew particular parts of their body in an effort to secure pain relief. If a pet is suffering from arthritis in their paws, for example, they may constantly chew at said paws. Their muscles may also start to atrophy due to a lack of activity.

Fortunately, a veterinarian may be able to treat arthritis through the use of certain medications. Lifestyle changes may also help. If your dog used to love jogging but is suffering from arthritis, a gentle walk or a relaxed swim might be better.

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