Does your cat or dog seem to be having more trouble getting around easily, jumping or going upstairs? They might have osteoarthritis. At Hôpital vétérinaire des Trois-Lacs, our team can provide the right treatment for your pet if they’re suffering from joint pain.
What is osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, is a chronic condition caused by joint degeneration.
The wear and tear of joints, which is often age-related, can cause your pet pain. This condition is very common in large breeds of dogs, cats in general and older dogs and cats.
How do I know if my pet has osteoarthritis?
Symptoms of osteoarthritis are often confused with simple signs of aging. Limping, stiffness, difficulty getting upstairs or jumping, reduced energy and excessive licking of joints are all signs of osteoarthritis in cats and dogs.
What does osteoarthritis treatment involve?
Treatment varies depending on how advanced the condition is and your pet’s symptoms. Osteoarthritis is a chronic condition that can fluctuate throughout your pet’s life, which means treatment is adapted and modified based on these fluctuations.
How can I prevent my pet from developing joint problems?
Preventing osteoarthritis starts with managing your pet’s weight. If your cat or dog is overweight or obese, the extra weight will put pressure on their joints and could lead to faster wear and tear. Keeping an eye on your pet’s weight will help reduce the risk of osteoarthritis down the road. We can help you maintain or reduce your pet’s weight. See our Weight management page.
Some cat and dog breeds are more prone to osteoarthritis. If that’s your pet, you can ask us for advice on how to slow this tendency. One way is to provide a diet that contains nutrients that will help strengthen your cat’s or dog’s joints. To learn more about our pet nutrition services, see our Nutritional advice page.