What is arthritis?
Arthritis is a progressive degenerative disease that affects the joints, leading to cartilage damage. Cartilage is a connective tissue found between bones in joints like the knees, hips, and elbows.
Dogs and cats with arthritis experience pain and inflammation in their joints, which can interfere with their daily activities.
What causes arthritis?
Over time and with age, the cartilage in your pet’s joints starts to wear down. This wear and tear cause inflammation and swollen joints, resulting in pain and reduced mobility.
Several factors contribute to the development of arthritis, including previous musculoskeletal injuries or surgeries, excess weight, and certain breeds being predisposed due to their body shape.
How can I tell if my pet has arthritis?
Arthritis in dogs can manifest in various ways, and not all signs may be present at the same time. Some common signs to look out for include: