Our Veterinarian Treats Arthritis in Pets
Like us, their human caregivers, our pets' joints feel the wear and tear of time and, as a result, we are seeing more cases of arthritis in pets at MountainView Veterinary Hospital in Rockaway, NJ. Ask any veterinarian here, and he or she is likely to tell you that thanks to pet owners like you who feed their dogs and cats a quality diet and seek care at practices like ours, more pets are living to a ripe old age. Unfortunately, with age comes arthritis. That's why we would like to make sure all of our clients know the early signs of arthritis in pets so they can seek early treatment that will make it easier for their furry friends.
Does Your Cat or Dog Have Arthritis?
If you look it up in the dictionary you will see that the definition of arthritis is inflammation of the joints. What it won't tell you is that even younger dogs and cats can suffer from tenderness and pain in the joints of their legs and hips resulting from tick bite infections, metabolic diseases, and of course, trauma. You must recognize the following signs of arthritis if your pet shows any of the following signs.
- Swelling in the knees or elbows
- Popping or cracking in the joints when the animal attempts to rise
- Difficulty in rising or a hesitation to do so
- Excessive joint licking
- Muscle atrophy
If you have a cat, don't assume that accidents near the litter box are signs of spite or laziness. It may very well be because it's painful for your pet to climb in and out of the litter box. This is a sign that your pet's joints are degenerating and losing the cartilage that previously cushioned them.
Treating Arthritis in Pets
Once the veterinarian has established that arthritis is the cause of your pet's pain and discomfort, we will present your various options for treatment. These options may include pain medication, nutritional supplements that may be able to rebuild the cartilage, and if necessary a new diet to help your pet lose weight.
Taking the First Steps
The only way to know for sure whether your dog or cat has arthritis is to schedule an appointment with a veterinarian. If you live in Rockaway NJ or the surrounding communities, MountainView Veterinary Hospital is the animal hospital to turn to. To schedule an appointment with our veterinarian please call us today at (973) 709-8958.