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Stave Lake Veterinary Hospital

7871 Stave Lake St E130

Mission, BC V2V 0B5

(604) 286-0160

Arthritis in Pets

Arthritis can cause discomfort and prevent your cat or dog from being active. Not only that, but it can also become progressively worse and affect your pet’s quality of life. At Stave Lake Veterinary Hospital in Mission and Maple Ridge, BC, we provide various treatments to ease your pet’s symptoms and improve its overall health.

Arthritis in Pets

Causes of Arthritis in Pets

Arthritis can develop in pets due to a variety of causes. Some of these causes include:

•             Aging

•             Joint wear and tear

•             Genetics

•             Injury

•             Obesity

What Are Some Symptoms of Pet Arthritis?

If your cat or dog has arthritis, he or she may exhibit various symptoms. Some signs of arthritis include the following:

•             Limping or Favoring One Leg — Pets with arthritis may only utilize the limbs that are not affected

•             Reduced Physical Activity — If your pet is not as active as it was before, it may be due to pain from arthritis

•             Difficulty Moving — Arthritic pets may struggle to stand after laying down or move around freely

•             Behavioral Changes — Irritability or changes in behavior may indicate that your pet is uncomfortable and in pain

How to Manage Arthritis in Pets

There are some ways you can help manage your pet’s arthritis. Some of these management tips include:

•             Visit Our Veterinarian —If you suspect your pet has arthritis, we recommend consulting our veterinarian. We can provide an accurate diagnosis and recommend a treatment plan.

•             Medication — Our vet may prescribe pain-relief medications to alleviate your pet's discomfort

•             Weight Management — If your cat or dog is overweight, a controlled diet can help reduce stress the stress on its joints

•             Physical Therapy — Physical therapy and exercises can improve joint mobility and muscle strength

•             Comfortable Environment — Soft bedding and ramps can prevent pain and ensure your pet is comfortable

Contact us for an Appointment Today

If your pet is experiencing discomfort from arthritis, our team at Stave Lake Veterinary Hospital in Mission and Maple Ridge, BC, is happy to help. Once we learn more about your cat or dog’s condition, we can develop an individualized treatment plan that can offer relief. To learn about the treatments we offer or to schedule your appointment, contact us at (604) 286-0160 today. When you’re looking for a veterinarian near me, we look forward to assisting you!