Pet arthritis is a condition that impacts the joints of our pets in the same way that arthritis impacts human joints. At Bluegrass Animal Hospital in Knoxville, our veterinarians can help your pet find relief from the pain caused by pet arthritis. If you have ever known anyone with arthritis then you know how that pain can prevent humans and animals alike from enjoying even the simplest of activities. Our veterinarians have gathered some of the common questions that we run into regarding arthritis in pets.
What is Pet Arthritis?
Arthritis is a degenerative disease that is caused by joint inflammation. When the cartilage in our pet's joints begins to break down, the joints are not as cushioned as they normally would be. This can be caused by age, injuries, illness, or even stress. Pets will often move slower and appear to be in pain. Pets most commonly get arthritis in their hips and legs.
What are the Symptoms of Pet Arthritis?
This is the most common question that we run into because our furry friends cannot tell us when they are in pain. The symptoms of pet arthritis are very similar to the symptoms of human arthritis, but it is more difficult to diagnose them. Animals are often quite good at hiding their pain. Animals can mask their pain which is an instinct so they do not show an injury or weakness to potential predators. Even domesticated animals will often hide their pain.
If your pet is moving slower or taking longer to sit down, it may be in pain. The signs of arthritis may just be starting. If this occurs after some weight gain, that is another indication that arthritis may be a problem. Watch your pet’s behavior and see if it is acting more moody than usual.
How is Pet Arthritis Treated?
Joint supplements, pain management, and certain lifestyle changes will be in order for your pet. You will need to watch for the same side effects in them, as you do with medication. Stomach problems or grumpiness may occur and should be reported to our veterinarians. We will help you come up with a treatment program for your pet that will provide pain relief while minimizing any potential side effects.
Get Treatment for Your Pet’s Arthritis in Knoxville, TN
No one knows your pet better than you do. However, sometimes you need a professional opinion and an examination to determine if your pet has arthritis. Call our team at Bluegrass Animal Hospital today at (865) 694-8387 to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians.