Signs of Arthritis in Pets

Signs of Arthritis in Pets

Arthritis is a common condition among the human population, but many people are unaware that it can be just as prevalent in pets. If you are afraid your pet might be suffering from arthritis, it is vital to get them to a vet as soon as possible. Below you can find signs to keep an eye out for.

Pet arthritis often shows itself in the way your pet walks. You might notice your pet limping, favoring one leg over another, or moving very stiffly. In some cases, you will see that they have no interest in moving at all. If your pet suddenly stops playing normally and moving well, a change in this is a sign they need some veterinarian attention. The following are a few more signs that your pet may be suffering from arthritis.

Weight Gain

As they are moving less, pets will begin to gain weight. This might seem to happen very quickly. You will also notice your pet’s muscle mass diminishing.

Reluctance to Jump

Pets love to jump on and off beds and couches, and they are usually more than happy to leap into the car with you at a moment’s notice. If your pet suddenly begins avoiding jumping or climbing stairs, they may be suffering from arthritis.

Changes in Behavior

Arthritis makes pets act differently, as the pain and discomfort are a force to contend with. You might notice that your pet is more irritable than usual or prefers to be alone more than before.

Pain When Touched

If you notice that your normally cuddly pet suddenly winces when you pet them, it could be a sign of inflammation and arthritic pain.

Pet Arthritis Treatment

There are several ways our veterinarian treats pet arthritis, including:

  • Lifestyle changes including diet changes, supplements, and adjusting your pet’s living environment
  • Medications, such as NSAIDs, should only be administered under the supervision of a vet
  • Alternative treatments, such as acupuncture

Contact Our Veterinarian in North Miami Beach for Pet Arthritis Treatment

For more information on pet arthritis treatment or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian, call Natural Holistic Health Care at (305) 652-5372 or visit our website at naturalholistic.com for information on how to becomes a client.

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