Have you noticed your furry friend slowing down with age? Maybe they’re starting to have trouble climbing the stairs, or just seem less interested in chasing after their favourite toy? The big question on your mind might be, “Could this be arthritis?” Let’s dig into the world of arthritis and find out what you can do to keep your pet feeling their best.
What is arthritis?
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and simply means ‘inflammation of the joint’. It’s a degenerative disease that covers a wide range of joint issues, and it’s not exclusive to humans. Our cats and dogs can face it too. Arthritis in our pets is commonly associated with ageing, however congenital issues (things your pet is born with), odd bone shapes, diseases, or injuries can also put pressure on their joints. This can lead to excessive wear and tear on the cartilage lining the joints, causing pain and discomfort.