As humans age, our bones become weak due to the years of work and play we indulge in. It is the same with our furry companions. Their bones can also weaken as a result of age and activity. One of the major causes of concern when talking about bone and muscle damage is arthritis. Dogs and cats are highly at risk of developing arthritis as they age. Early detection, regular medication and treatment, along with physical therapies, combine to make an effective pain management plan. For more details on our arthritis management plans, call us at (416) 362-9696 to book an appointment.
How common is arthritis in cats and dogs?
Arthritis is highly prevalent in older felines and canines. Some studies suggest more than 20% of dogs over the age of 7 and about 90% of cats over the age of 12 live with arthritis.
How do veterinarians determine arthritis in pets?
Veterinarians will start by examining your pet’s medical history and ask about the signs and symptoms you have noticed. They conduct a complete physical examination and test the range of motion in all the joints. After this, they will feel around all the joints, checking for swelling and inflammation to assess severity and pain. The veterinarian may recommend an X-ray to rule out other diseases and determine how severe the condition is.
Should dogs with arthritis exercise or go on daily walks?
For arthritic dogs, it is best to take them on short walks often. You can take them on several short daily walks rather than one long walk. In terms of exercise, you should not exert your pet or do strenuous activities, especially for long periods.