Arthritis can affect one or more joints anywhere in your pet’s body. The most common joints affected are the hips, knees, shoulders and elbows. Most of these joints depend on a layer of cartilage acting as a cushion between two bones. Arthritis causes this cushion to deteriorate, resulting in the bones rubbing against each other, leading to discomfort and reduced mobility.

Common signs of arthritis include:

  • Reluctance to walk, climb stairs, jump or play
  • Limping/lameness
  • Pain or stiffness when getting up or down
  • Yelping when touched
  • A change in personality (aggression when normally good-natured)

One of our vets will be able to diagnose your pet through a range of test, including x-rays. We can then put together a management plan to help increase your pet’s quality of life.
This plan will focus on four key areas:

  • Weight management
  • Exercise management
  • Home environment changes
  • Veterinary treatments

If you feel your pet may have any of the symptoms mentioned above or have any further questions, call us on (03) 456 2345 or book online.