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Signs of Arthritis in Pets


The Signs of Arthritis in Pets

Certain health conditions can affect both humans and pets. Arthritis is one of these conditions. What should pet owners do if they suspect their pet has arthritis? At Ashworth Road Animal Hospital in West Des Moines, we can answer this question and treat your pet for arthritis.

Diagnosis and Signs of Arthritis in Pets

Just as humans have a higher risk of arthritis as they age, the same is true of animals. Some of the warning signs of pet arthritis involve difficulty climbing and jumping, stiffness, increasing level of irritability, limping, trouble getting back up after lying or sitting, and decreased interest in going for walks. Our licensed veterinarians will perform an evaluation to confirm a diagnosis of arthritis. Our veterinarians will conduct a physical examination and may require additional testing to rule out other health conditions.

Causes of Arthritis in Pets

Although age is a risk factor, other conditions can contribute to the development of pet arthritis such as prior fractures or ligament ruptures, certain developmental conditions including dysplasia, and obesity. Some breeds are naturally at a higher risk of developing arthritis including German Shepherds, Rottweilers, and a few other breeds.

The Importance of Treating Pet Arthritis

While there is no cure for pet arthritis, your pet’s condition is likely to improve with treatment. Pet arthritis can be treated through weight loss, medications, supplements, exercise, laser therapy, acupuncture, and the use of heating pads. However, without treatment, your pet’s arthritis will most likely continue to worsen, and the pain could become debilitating.

Ashworth Road Animal Hospital Can Help

At Ashworth Road Animal Hospital, we are committed to providing the highest level of veterinary care to pet owners in and around West Des Moines. If you suspect that your pet has arthritis, call our team today at (515) 225-1807 to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians.

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