Have you noticed that your pet has been more careful getting up and down, limping, or just moving more slowly? It could be a result of a number of ailments, but one in particular could be a form of osteoarthritis. Like humans, our furry family members are susceptible to joint changes and destruction from trauma, congenital defects, and infection to name a few. Arthritis is a common but complex condition, and can be difficult to diagnose.
If you’ve noticed your pet exhibiting some of the symptoms below, and suspect that they may be suffering from arthritis, please consult with your veterinarian. Your vet can perform a thorough physical examination which may include palpating joints and assessing range of motion. They can also order x-rays to determine the extent of your pet's condition. Your vet will then work with you to create the best plan for you and your pet.
Common Symptoms of Osteoarthritis
Common Causes of Osteoarthritis
Abnormal Joint Development
Often seen in some specific breeds of dogs.
Steps Toward Prevention
While there isn’t a “cure” for arthritis, there are several things that you can do to make your pet’s pain more manageable and improve their quality of life.
In-depth discussions of the above points can be found in the following articles.