Is my pet just aging, or could it be arthritis??

Arthritis and musculoskeletal pain are commonly overlooked ailments when it comes to our aging companions. Isn’t it just normal since they are growing older? The answer is no. Although a common, and expected, condition that does occur as our pets age, arthritis and neck or back pain are NOT normal. There ARE things you can do to help ease your pet’s discomfort or pain.

 How do I know if my pet may have arthritis? Another reason these conditions typically are overlooked is that majority of pets only show slight symptoms that can go unrecognized. Some of these symptoms could be your generally energetic dog who loved to jump up and down off the furniture has now all of a sudden stopped. Or your
usually clean kitty who spent hours grooming herself is now developing matts on her backside. Arthritis can even cause your once friendly and lovable companion to become aggressive or nip unexpectedly when tender areas are touched.

 Severe arthritis and joint pain can even lead to other more complicated illnesses such as urinary tract infections (as it becomes more difficult to squat to urinate normally) or your kitty urinating outside the litter
box (as it becomes difficult for cats to get up into the litter box) which can lead to kidney disease if left untreated. Arthritis that is left to progress can even eventually lead to spinal conditions and difficulty walking or using the hind limbs and neck pain may even cause difficulty eating and drinking.

 The good news; however, is that there IS something you can do about these ailments! If you are noticing any abnormalities in your pet, it is important to see your veterinarian to discuss treatments. Here at TSVC, we offer a variety of therapies to attempt to regenerate and strengthen joints, while helping ease pain and discomfort to keep your aging friend comfortable. We offer a variety of anti-inflammatory, pain medications and joint/ligament supplements, as well as alternative therapies such as chiropractic, acupuncture and laser therapy options! Keep in mind that our pets could be building arthritis and other joint conditions LONG before symptoms are noticed so speak to our doctors at your next visit about good joint health and recommendations! Our goal is to keep your pet as happy and comfortable as possible as they age. If you have any questions or need to schedule an appointment to bring your companion in, please call us at 480-945-8484.