Arthritis can affect one or more joints anywhere in your pet’s body. The most common joints affected are the hips, knees, shoulders and elbows. Most of these joints depend on a layer of cartilage acting as a cushion between two bones. Arthritis causes this cushion to deteriorate, resulting in the bones rubbing against each other, leading to discomfort and reduced mobility.
Common signs of arthritis include:
• Reluctance to walk, climb stairs, jump or play
• Pain or stiffness when getting up or down
• Yelping when touched
• A change in personality (aggression when normally good-natured)
One of our vets will be able to diagnose your pet through a range of test, including x-rays. We can then put together a management plan to help increase your pet’s quality of life.
This plan will focus on four key areas:
1. Weight management
2. Exercise management
3. Home environment changes
4. Veterinary treatments
If you feel your pet may have any of the symptoms mentioned above or have any further questions, call us on (02) 9634 2712 or book online.