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Arthritis Services

It’s a well-known fact that arthritis affects our silver-haired furry friends, but did you know it can be diagnosed in younger pets as well? In fact, studies have shown that by 1-year-old, 20% of dogs can have early signs of arthritis. By the time they are about 8-years-old that number will jump up to 80%. Dogs are the most common victims of arthritis, although cats and other pets can also have the disease. Arthritis is a serious condition, but with early detection and proper treatment, your pet can still live a long and happy life despite their diagnosis. Call us at 905.885.8151 for more info on how we can help your pet with their arthritis.

What are the signs of arthritis in pets?

The signs are actually quite similar to those that can be seen in humans.

  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty navigating stairs
  • Difficulty going from lying down to standing up position
  • Irritability
  • Excessive licking of the joints
  • Wincing when touched in certain body parts, particularly the joints

    Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you see any of these symptoms in your pet. They may be signs of arthritis or other comorbidities.

    Is arthritis in pets genetic?

    In some cases yes, and in some cases no. Larger dog breeds like Great Danes or Rottweilers are more likely to get arthritis from their parents. Arthritis can also be developed from injury or prolonged wear and tear. For example, hunting dogs or sporting dogs can be particularly susceptible to arthritis after a lifetime of intense physical activity.