Recognizing Arthritis in Pets

Senior Dog CareOne of the most common conditions that senior pets suffer from is arthritis. This degenerative joint disease can cause pain to pets because the unstable joints cause the cartilage lines that normally act as a barrier between bones to erode and become inflamed.

Recognizing this condition is often easy to do, but there are also many more subtle signs that can be an indication that your pet isn’t completely healthy. Dr. Krupka of the Avon Lake Animal Clinic says that often pet owners don’t even become aware of how much this disease was affecting their dog’s quality of life until they receive treatment.

Signs of Arthritis include:

  • Becoming slow to rise following an extended rest period
  • Showing signs of excessive stiffness in the mornings
  • Lower levels of agility when using stairs
  • Avoids jumping and running, generally seems to be slowing down

If you notice your pet showing any of these signs, it is important that you schedule a meeting with your veterinarian to discuss the best options for relieving your pet from the pain they are suffering from. The Avon Lake Animal Clinic offers a series of programs for pets suffering from obesity, arthritis, neurologic disease or for those recovering from orthopedic surgery. These programs are part of Avon Lake Animal Clinic’s Up & Running Canine Rehabilitation services, a full service, fully certified dog rehabilitation facility in Northeast Ohio.

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With a team of 11 veterinarians, combined with a superior support staff, Avon Lake Animal Clinic offers a complete solution for your pet’s care, and can help you decide what products and tactics are best for your pet’s needs. A full service AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) accredited animal hospital located in the Cleveland area, we care for many species including dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, pocket pets, birds, reptiles and other non-traditional species.

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