Arthritis can affect one or more joints anywhere in your pet’s body. The most common joints affected are the hips, knees, shoulders and elbows. Most of these joints depend on a layer of cartilage acting as a cushion between two bones. Arthritis causes this cushion to deteriorate, resulting in the bones rubbing against each other, leading to discomfort and reduced mobility.
Common signs of arthritis include:
• Reluctance to walk, climb stairs, jump or play
• Pain or stiffness when getting up or down
• Yelping when touched
• A change in personality (aggression when normally good-natured)
One of our vets will be able to diagnose your pet through a range of test, including x-rays. We can then put together a management plan to help increase your pet’s quality of life.
This plan will focus on four key areas:
1. Weight management
2. Exercise management
3. Home environment changes
4. Veterinary treatments