Arthritis Services for Pets

Early detection is key to managing the effects of arthritis in your pet.

Pets are living longer lives due to advancements in veterinary medicine. Unfortunately, with longer lives come chronic diseases such as arthritis. Arthritis is a progressive joint disorder that commonly affects senior pets and pets with pre-existing joint injuries. Some symptoms can include lameness, swelling and inflammation in joints, restricted motion in limbs and reluctance to play or exercise. If your pet is showing any of these signs, give us a call at 905-853-3591 to schedule an appointment.

Are certain pets more at risk of developing arthritis?

Certain factors can increase the risk of your pet being affected by arthritis. Pets with pre-existing conditions such as hip or elbow dysplasia or a history of injuries such as fractures or ligament tears are at a greater risk. Obesity can also increase the risk of arthritis in pets.

Some canine and feline breeds have a pre-disposed risk of arthritis. Cat breeds such as Himalayans, Persians, Maine Coons, and Siamese cats face a higher risk. In dogs, breeds such as German Shepherds, Great Danes, Labradors, Retrievers, St. Bernards, and Mastiffs may face a greater risk.

How does a veterinarian diagnose arthritis in pets?

Like any other diagnosis, it starts with a physical examination. The veterinarian will check the joints for swelling, inflammation, and pain. They will test the range of motion in all the affected joints. This may be followed up with an X-ray to understand the extent and severity of the disease.

Is arthritis curable?

Unfortunately, there is no cure for arthritis. There are treatments to help slow down the disease and alleviate the pain your pet endures. Treatments include pain medications, specialized supplements, exercise therapy, and rehabilitation methods such as laser therapy, water therapy, electric stimulation, and therapeutic ultrasound. These can be supplemented with surgical interventions and other integrative medical techniques such as acupuncture.  

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