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Pet Arthritis

Treatment for Arthritis In Pets At The Honolulu Pet Clinic

Dogs and cats can suffer from the symptoms of arthritis just as people do. If your pet has been diagnosed with arthritis, or if you suspect your pet has this condition, bringing them to The Honolulu Pet Clinic in Honolulu, HI for an evaluation by our veterinarian can help. Here is some information about Arthritis In Pets including the signs of this condition and how our veterinarian can help.

kitten being examined by her veterinarian

Signs Of Arthritis

There are a few symptoms your pet will display if they are indeed suffering from arthritis. Limping is a signal there may be a problem. This usually occurs right after your pet gets up from sleeping or sitting for a long duration of time. Your pet may not seem as active as they try to avoid movements that cause them pain. A hunched appearance within the spinal column may also become noticeable as your pet compensates for pain by altering the way they hold their body to avoid it. Irritability and tiredness are also telltale signs of a medical condition.

Why Treatment Is Necessary

Arthritis occurs due to old age, as a result of an injury, or as a defect within a pet's body. Since dogs and cats cannot talk, doing evaluations of their medical condition often is necessary to determine if they are indeed suffering from this condition. X-rays, MRI's, and other tests can be helpful in showing exactly which areas of the body have joint damage. Failing to treat arthritis in a pet can lead to further deterioration of joints and surrounding tissue and possible weight issues as a pet slows down. As a pet gains weight by not conducting actions they had in the past, arthritis can worsen as the body's stance changes. Pets with arthritis often display signs of irritability or depression as well.

How A Veterinarian Can Help

Our veterinarian is skilled at noticing signs of an arthritic problem and will give you recommendations regarding treatment options available to help your pet avoid discomfort and pain. We have the latest equipment in the office to conduct tests immediately. In many cases, medication will need to be prescribed to help take away any pain your pet is experiencing. In addition to this, lifestyle changes can be helpful. This will require your monitoring to be effective for your pet. 

Contact The Honolulu Pet Clinic Today!

If you are unsure as to whether Arthritis in Pets is affecting your dog or cat, or if you are looking for a way to minimize the discomfort your pet is experiencing, a trip to our veterinarian is best. Contact The Honolulu Pet Clinic in Honolulu today at 808-593=9336  to make an appointment.