Did you know that 60% of cats over the age of 7 and 90% over 14 have arthritis? Did you know 1 in 5 dogs develop arthritis? Arthritis is so prevalent, especially in cats, that most veterinary practitioners consider it ubiquitous in senior cats. This is why we have experienced veterinarians who help diagnose, effectively treat and manage arthritis in pets. From providing early care to laser therapy for pain management, we have several methods to help your pet enjoy the spring in their step.
What is arthritis?
Arthritis is a degenerative disease that affects the joints. It is a slow, progressive disease that causes inflammation in joints and affects movement and strength in cats and dogs.
Is arthritis curable?
Unfortunately, there is no cure for arthritis. However, there are several treatments and therapies for dealing with arthritis. At Fraser Valley, we use various treatments to help slow the progression of arthritis and keep your pet free of the chronic pain associated with arthritis.
What signs indicate that my pet has arthritis?
Arthritis can go undetected as signs are often clearly visible when it is in the advanced stages. Some signs that can indicate your pet has arthritis are:
- If they are slow to stand up and move around or slow on stairs
- Sleeps longer and/or sleeps more
- Difficulty with slippery floors
- Walking less than normal
- Difficulty/hesitancy jumping
- Excessive licking of joints
Signs of arthritis are not limited to these and can vary for different pets. If you see any concerning signs, don’t hesitate to call us at 604-854-2313 and book an appointment.