Arthritis Services for Pets
Arthritis is a common condition that can form from old age, weight gain and genetic susceptibility. This ailment occurs when the cartilage in the joints breaks down, causing painful friction between the bones. Your pet may acquire arthritis from an injury that’s left untreated or simply have a higher risk due to abnormalities in their development. With no lining to protect their joints from smashing together, they will experience pain during everyday activities. That’s why regular physical exams are important and we recommend semi-annual visits as they get older. To make an appointment, call us at 780.444.1324.
How will I know if my pet has arthritis?
The wear and tear of the cartilage leads to bones rubbing together causing visible signs of discomfort. If your pet is showing any of the signs below, they may have arthritis and need immediate attention.
- Difficulty going up or down stairs
- Reluctance to jump
- Stiffness in the legs, especially after resting or sleeping
- Irritability from being touched
- Disinterest in activities
- Less time spent on their grooming
- Hiding or sleeping more than normal
Arthritis is much better to treat when it is detected early. If you notice these behaviours, book an appointment with us and we’ll help you create a better quality of life for your dog or cat.
How can arthritis be cured?
Unfortunately, arthritis cannot be cured but it can be alleviated. There are different methods we can use at our clinic to help your pet feel better and reduce pain. Physical rehab/massage is one of those ways. By gently applying pressure into the affected areas, we can get blood circulating and relieve pressure. Laser therapy is also an effective treatment. We emit controlled light energy over the region your pet is experiencing arthritis. This activates cell movement into reducing pain and swelling. If you’re interested in other ways to treat your pet’s arthritis, you can reach us at 780.444.1324.