Pets can suffer from some of the same ailments as humans. Anything from diabetes, to obesity, even arthritis can all negatively impact your pet's life and lower its ability to enjoy itself. Arthritis can cause chronic pain and severely lower your pet's quality of life. At Mauston Pet Hospital, we're here to help residents of Mauston, WI, and the surrounding areas get help for their pets’ arthritis. Our veterinarian, Dr. Kaleka, and our veterinary team are here to provide the proper diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care for your pet's arthritis.
What Is Pet Arthritis?
Arthritis is a condition in which the joints become inflamed, causing severe pain and swelling. Most often, pet arthritis occurs when the cartilage between two bones breaks down. This causes the bones to rub against each other, leading to swelling, pain, and irritation around the joint.
What Causes Arthritis in Cats and Dogs?
There are a variety of reasons why your pet might suffer from arthritis. Some of the most common include:
- A sedentary lifestyle
- Degeneration of the joints due to age
- Genetic factors
- Repeated injury or trauma to the joints
How Do I Know My Pet Has Arthritis?
Signs of pet arthritis include:
- Uncharacteristic anger
- Changes in appetite
- Crying due to pain
- Refusing to stand or walk
- Stiffness when walking
- Refusing to go up and down stairs
How Can a Veterinarian Help?
Our veterinarian will be able to diagnose your pet’s arthritis through a physical exam and imaging tests such as x-rays. This will help our veterinarian get a clearer picture of how far along your pet’s arthritis has progressed. We might recommend arthritis medication to reduce swelling and promote pain relief. These medications are not the same as those for humans, so it's important to only give your pet medications prescribed by our veterinarian. If your pet is obese, we might recommend treatment options such as a weight-loss regimen, physical therapy, or lifestyle changes.
Improve Your Pet's Overall Well-Being Today
There's no reason your pet should have to suffer from the effects of arthritis. At Mauston Pet Hospital, we will help your pet live a life free from the pain and discomfort associated with arthritis. Call us today at (608) 847-6024 to book an appointment at our Mauston, WI, clinic.