Arthritis is inflammation of the joint. It may be caused by various things such as: genetics (born with deformities that may or may not be seen by the naked eye), growing older, injuries that may be caused from jumping up or down off of something, landing wrong, running and falling into a hole or slipping.
Symptoms of arthritis in pets may include pain, discomfort, swelling, limping, slowing down or not wanting to go up or down stairs.
In order to treat arthritis in a pet, we must locate the pain or discomfort. X-rays may be taken with or without sedation dependent upon patient discomfort level. X-rays may rule out any other possible ailments, and they can show arthritis; however, x-rays are not mandatory to diagnose arthritis.
If your pet may be slowing down, seems a little stiff or is limping, please call our office and schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. They will determine if x-rays will be needed upon physical exam to diagnose your pet’s problem.