When you have a pet that is getting older, arthritis is always a possibility. When a pet has arthritis, it needs a comprehensive veterinary exam to determine the treatment plan needed to provide relief. You need a veterinarian near me to assess and treat your pet. If you live in Spokane, Airway Heights, Medical Lake, or the surrounding area, contact West Plains Animal Hospital to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians.
Arthritis and Cartilage
Cartilage is a substance that is a cushion between the two bones that form a joint. This buffer is slippery and lets the bones move around or over the other so that there is no pain. When this cartilage gets damaged, it results in arthritis. The damage to the joint causes it to become painful and inflamed.
In pets, osteoarthritis is the most typical type of arthritis that they suffer from. This type is also known as degenerative joint disease. There is also septic arthritis that is caused by the joint becoming infected. Pets can also get rheumatoid arthritis.
When your pet starts to get older, that's when arthritis often sets in, but there is no exclusive age group for this condition. It usually starts in middle age, but younger pets can also get arthritis. The symptoms of arthritis that set in at middle and senior ages are commonly confused with normal changes related to age. However, the pet may be suffering from joint pain instead of simply normal aging.
Symptoms of Arthritis in Pets
Pets who are suffering from arthritis often stop playing as much. It may not be that they don't feel as playful but that it hurts their affected joints to jump around and play. Pets with arthritis may also limp from the pain they feel from the condition, which can make it harder to walk. Pets may also jump less often, such as jumping onto furniture and up into a car seat.
They may also have more trouble going up and down stairs. Cats may find it harder to get into litter boxes that have high sides. If you notice a lot of changes in your pet's behavior, be sure to talk to one of our veterinarians to have us assess and diagnose your pet.
Contact Our Veterinarians in Airway Heights, WA
When your pet is showing signs of arthritis, it's important to get a pet exam. Your pet may need pet care such as medication to help with the pain and inflammation. Call our team at West Plains Animal Hospital today at (509) 624-3474 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.