Arthritis and Mobility – A Condition Review

Arthritis and Mobility

By Diane Breton

Have you been feeling sore this winter season? Well, your pets may be feeling the same way.

Arthritis, or degenerative joint disease is a common condition that may affect both dogs and cats of any age. Animals who’ve experienced joint diseases such as patella luxation, hip dysplasia or cruciate ligament ruptures may develop arthritis as a secondary condition. Animals who are used for working or athletics, obese animals and animals with joint instability may be at risk to develop this disease.

Animals with this condition may be lame,  reluctant to move, or stiff after exercise and painful when approached or touched.

Diagnosing this condition may be relatively easy with a simple examination by your veterinarian. Radiographs or “x-rays” may be required to further examine the joints and to determine the severity of the disease.

Treatment may be simple with non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, or glucosamine supplements. Surgical treatment may be required if severe degeneration has occurred.

Come talk to our staff today and find out if we can make your pet feel more comfortable over this winter season.