If your pet seems stiff and sore have us examine your pet to check for arthritis. Older pets, especially large dogs, are vulnerable to arthritis and other joint diseases, and the signs you see can vary.
Signs of Arthritis in Pets
Favoring a limb
Difficulty sitting or standing
- Sleeping more
- Seeming to have stiff or sore joints
- Hesitancy to jump, run or climb stairs
- Weight gain
- Decreased activity or interest in play
- Attitude or behavior changes (including increased irritability)
- Being less alert
If arthritis is diagnosed we can then then advise you as to what treatment plan would be best to help your pet deal with the pain. Arthritis treatments for pets are similar to those for humans, and may include:
- Healthy diet and exercise to help maintain proper weight.
- Working with us to find a drug treatment that helps relieve the pain.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS): the most common treatment for arthritis in dogs. These drugs are similar to ibuprofen, aspirin, and other human pain relievers.
- Over-the-counter pet treatments, such as pills, chews or diets like Royal Canin dog and cat food containing either glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate or omega fatty acids have shown to help relieve the symptoms of arthritis in dogs and cats and be picked up at our clinic.
- A veterinarian-prescribed NSAID may help decrease pain and disease progression.
Do not give human pain medications to your pet without first consulting your veterinarian. Some human products, including over-the-counter medications, can be fatal for pets.
Older arthritic pets may need changes in their lifestyle, such as sleeping areas to avoid stairs, more time indoors, ramps to help go into cars or upstairs, heated beds, raised feeding bowls etc.