Signs of Arthritis in Pets

If you have a dog or cat and suspect it is suffering from arthritis, treatment is available to provide relief. We have gathered some of the warning signs to watch out for regarding pet arthritis. If you live in or around Murrieta, contact Dr. Telles at Murrieta Family Pet Hospital to schedule an appointment.

Whimpering, Barking, or Meowing

Arthritis may be to blame if your pet is vocal when it attempts to move around. Your pet will let you know if it is injured by voicing its discomfort. When your pet is vocal while moving certain parts of its body, you may want to pay close attention to check if it is a recurring behavior. Contact our veterinarian for an evaluation to avoid unnecessary pain for your cat or dog.

Avoiding Activities the Pet Has Enjoyed

If your dog or cat suddenly stops engaging in activities that it used to enjoy, it could be because it is suffering from discomfort or pain when it attempts to move. Your pet may stop trying to jump on the furniture, avoid going for long walks, or take shortcuts so that it does not need to walk up or down the stairs. It is best to make an appointment with a veterinarian for an assessment.

Your Pet Has Slowed Down Considerably

A pet that has arthritis will likely slow down. It will no longer jog or run since its legs hurt if it tries to do so. Your pet may walk at an extremely slow pace. If your pet seems much slower than it was before, it is wise to schedule an evaluation to determine if arthritis is affecting your pet. This is especially important if your pet is older or if it was involved in an accident, as the likelihood of an arthritic condition is greater.

Get Help for Your Pet’s Arthritis in Murrieta, CA

There is no cure for arthritis but there are treatment options available that can reduce your pet’s pain and help your pet live a full life. Call our team at Murrieta Family Pet Hospital today at 951-595-7754 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.

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