What is arthritis?
It’s a progressive degenerative disease of the joints that results in damage to cartilage.
Cartilage is a connective tissue found between bones in the joints, such as in the knees, hips and elbows.
What causes arthritis?
Over time and with age, cartilage in the joints starts to wear down. The disruption of the surface of cartilage from wear and tear causes inflammation and swollen joints, resulting in pain and reduced mobility
How can I tell if my pet has arthritis?
Common telltale signs are stiffness or lameness, which becomes more noticeable when pets exert themselves from exercise. These symptoms may worsen in cold weather.
Mildly affected dogs may also seem to be stiff after first getting up, but then may ‘warm out’ of their lameness with mild exercise.
Helping your arthritic pet
Although arthritis is a progressive disease and cannot be reversed, arthritis treatment for your pet is at hand.
Any one or a combination of the following treatments can help to alleviate pain or even slow down the process.