Achy Joints times 4. Arthritis can affect anyone, not just us animals with two legs. Pets, especially dogs, can suffer from arthritis too. Pet arthritis can develop due to many reasons. One of the primary causes is simply age. With age, a pet with joint problems is likely suffering from degenerative joint disease. As with humans, weight can also be the culprit. Heavy dogs are more likely to develop arthritis than small dogs or pets–because there is more strain on their joints.
The other prominent cause of arthritis is from injuries to the pet’s joint. This can happen with us humans, too. For pets, arthritis might come from playing or fighting with other animals.
What are the symptoms of arthritis in dogs and cats?
Signs that your pet may be suffering from arthritis include:
- Favoring a leg (think of how humans limp when they are injured)
- Appearing stiff
- Increase in weight
- Being less playful
- Resisting being touched or played with
- Being less inclined to jump or climb stairs
What’s the arthrits treatment for dogs and cats?
Just like with humans, your pet’s vet can offer several treatments to relieve arthritis. A popular and easy treatment is the supplement glucosamine. Glucosamine is found in cartilage tissue in the joints. When a pet is fed a dose, it’s absorbed and distributed to the tissue in joints. This helps the swelling and discomfort in your pet’s joints go down. In time, your pet will soon be feeling much better and active.
As noted above, some cases of arthritis develop because of the animal’s weight. If this is the case with your pet, exercise is the cure! Start playing with your pet, or get them active by taking daily walks. Changing their diet will also help with weight loss. A healthier diet and daily physical activities can help your pet’s joints feel much better.
For more information on the different types of pet arthritis, symptoms and treatments, please visit the Pet Arthritis Center.
Do you have any experience with pet arthritis? Tell us about it in the comments!