What is arthritis?
Arthritis is a degenerative disease that causes the cartilage in joints to wear away, which may result in pain and inflammation.
Signs of arthritis
- Stiffness and/or limping after resting
- Trouble or reluctance to go up or down stairs
- Slowing down on walks
- Excessive licking or chewing at a joint
- Change in behaviour
Causes of arthritis
There are many different causes for arthritis including: injury, age, weight, breed and disease.
Treatment for arthritis
Arthritis isn’t always preventable but there are things you can do for your pet to help ease their pain and discomfit.
- Weight management – keeping your pet at a healthy weight will help reduce pressure on their joints.
- Exercise – Regular gentle exercise will keep your pet moving eg, walking or swimming.
- Food – There are foods specifically aimed at providing your pet with additional vitamins and minerals to help reduce inflammation and ease pain.
- Environment – Ensuring your pet has a warm, dry and comfortable place to live is important. A comfortable well padded bed will help protect sore joints.
- Medications – There are a variety of medications to help your pet. Injections are available to help slow the progress of arthritis as well as anti-inflammatory and pain relieving treatments to help keep them comfortable.
If you are concerned that your pet may have arthritis talk to your vet about ways you can help.