Ask Seth: Feline and Canine Arthritis

What are the general symptoms of arthritis in dogs and cats? Are there treatments?

The signs may be hard to spot at first: your gray-in-the-muzzle Labrador retriever takes a little longer to get up in the morning, your cat doesn't jump as high as they used to. As time goes on, it becomes more and more clear that your pet is having a hard time moving, and soon you realize that she is in pain whenever she walks, jumps, or even sits up. It can be a hard moment for a pet owner—learning that the animal you love has arthritis. Arthritis is a condition in which an animal's joints become inflamed. It is accompanied by pain, heat, and swelling in the joints, and it usually results in increasing stiffness and immobility. It doesn't have to mean a poor quality of life for your pet, however. There are  arthritis treatments for dogs and cats through medications, therapies, and other ways you can accommodate your home to help your pet be more comfortable and enjoy her life with you.

Do you know of any pets with arthritis? Can you share tips with our readers on making pets with arthritis as comfortable as possible?

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