Arthritis Services for Pets

Proven modalities to help boost joint health and reduce inflammation.

Arthritis is a common disease that not only affects humans. Cats and dogs are also vulnerable to it for various reasons. Having a veterinary care team that understands this disease is critical for prevention and treatment. At McPhillips Animal Hospital, we offer individualized treatment to our patients. Our team will consider your cherished companion’s condition and work with you so they can live a comfortable life.

What are the risk factors for arthritis in cats and dogs?

Felines and canines are most susceptible to osteoarthritis in their senior years. Aging has a direct effect on bone health and it often leads to the breakdown of joints. Arthritis is not only limited to aging cats and dogs. Below are other factors that may cause your loyal companion to develop the disease:

  1. Obesity
  2. Other injuries such as ligaments tears or fractures
  3. Genetics; certain breeds are more prone to the disease such as German Shepherds, Labradors, and Golden Retrievers 
  4. Infections such as Lyme Disease
  5. Improper nutrition

What are the signs of arthritis in dogs and cats?

Cats and dogs will mask their pain and discomfort by showing no interest in activities they love or avoiding movement. As a natural defense mechanism, they will hide signs of weakness, as this makes them vulnerable to prey. When the pain gets worse, these are the signs you will notice:

  • Swelling at the joints
  • Yelping in response to being touched
  • Irritability
  • Limping, lameness, or moving stiffly
  • Walking more slowly
  • Difficulty using the stairs
  • Loss of muscle mass over limbs and spine

If you notice these signs in your cat or dog, they should be examined by a veterinarian immediately. To schedule an appointment with us, please call 204-589-8381.

How is arthritis treated in cats and dogs?

At the appointment, our doctor will determine how severe the disease is by performing different diagnostic tests. Based on the results and your loyal companion’s overall health, age, and lifestyle we will create a treatment plan for them. Here are some treatment options that may be recommended:

  1. Joint supplements are prescribed to slow the progression of joint damage, reduce inflammation, and improve function.
  2. NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) help reduce pain and inflammation. This option is common in severe cases of arthritis.
  3. Weight management; being overweight can contribute to cartilage breakdown and joint damage. 
  4. Surgery; sometimes orthopedic surgery is recommended to treat advanced arthritis and arthritis-related injuries.
  5. Rehabilitation therapy
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