The Pain of Pet Arthritis
Just like us, pets suffer from age-related illnesses. It can be difficult to watch an older pet suffer, especially if it’s something that affects mobility and quality of life. While few diseases are more heartbreaking or painful than pet arthritis, when it’s treated and managed effectively, your pet’s former glory can still be seen. That’s where The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center come in!
We all start to slow down after middle age, and pets are no exception. Pet arthritis occurs when the cartilage between the joints begins to wear away. This allows the bones to rub against each other, causing pain and even agony over the months and years.
Look for These
Obvious symptoms of joint degeneration and arthritic inflammation include:
- Visible stiffness when walking
- Being touched hurts
- No longer jumps or is able to leap down
- Tries to lay down but cannot get comfortable
- Muscle mass loss
Helping Pet Arthritis
Relieving the pain of pet arthritis is critical to maintaining health and wellbeing. While it’s not a condition that can be cured, pain management practices can certainly mitigate symptoms.
A major component of your pet’s preventive care plan is a comprehensive physical exam. For aging seniors, or pets 7 and up, we do this twice a year to detect and treat age-related illness before it’s too late.
Depending on your pet’s symptoms, we may focus on medication, weight loss, nutritional support, or other supplements. It’s possible your pet could benefit from other complementary modalities, such as companion laser therapy, as well.
Addressing Your Pet’s Needs
Winter is particularly challenging for senior pets. While special care should be taken during cold weather, a year-round approach is always important.
The Pet Experts offer the following strategies to help soothe your pet:
- Gaining traction is vital. Add carpets or area rugs to your floors to help stabilize wobbly legs. Instead of stairs, provide ramps.
- Add therapeutic bedding to your pet’s favorite hangout space, and make sure it’s free from drafts, moisture, and extreme sunshine or heat (these conditions can aggravate aches and pains).
- Don’t forget to exercise! Many owners think pet arthritis worsens with physical exertion, but the opposite is true. Keep up short walks around the block or easy walks at the park.
- Swimming is an excellent alternative. Let us know if we can help you find a place for your dog to enjoy a dip with you.
Continue the Story
A diagnosis of pet arthritis doesn’t mean it’s the end of the line for your pet. The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center can provide wonderful options that add to your pet’s overall longevity, wellness, and vitality.
As always, if we can assist you with any questions, please feel free to contact us.
We accept walk-ins during our Doctor's Hours to meet your busy lifestyle. If you’d prefer to make an appointment, we offer those too!
News & Events
We Are a Toys for Tots Drop Off Location!
Now through December 15th we are collecting for Toys for Tots! Please feel free to bring in new, unwrapped toys (no stuffed animals or toy weapons, please.)
In addition, we are also collecting new/gently used pet toys that will go to our rescue partners and animals in need.
Collection bins are located in our lobby and can be dropped off during regular business hours. Thank you!
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Join us for our annual Holiday Party & Adoption Event! Bring your pet along for $10 photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus from 9AM - 1PM and meet animals available for adoption from 10AM - 2PM. There will be a bake sale, vendors, raffles and more! All proceeds benefit our rescue partners at Magnificent Mutts & Meows Rescue.