Many pets have a high threshold for pain caused by arthritis, but as a pet ages, the likelihood of developing some form of arthritis is common. Pets with arthritis develop pain in the joints and often require medication or natural supplements to help alleviate the soreness and pain they feel. Prevention of arthritis in elderly pets is often impossible. Although healthy weight management throughout the life of your pet may help prevent join injuries and can minimize the discomfort pets may experience. Surgical intervention may also be an option in some cases. It’s important to remember that in most cases, degenerative changes to a joint cannot be reversed so the goal of treatment is to slow the progression of arthritis and manage pain. 

Your vet can offer many options to help alleviate symptoms caused by arthritis and many of these options are covered by pet insurance.

Signs of Arthritis in Pets


Signs of Arthritis in Pets

If you suspect that your elderly pet has allergies, do what you can to help but be sure to speak with your vet to determine if allergies are the true cause of your pet’s discomfort. Rest assured, with the proper care and treatment, your furry friend should feel better in no time.

Allergy medications can be expensive and pet insurance can help offset the cost of allergy medications that your vet may recommend.

Signs of arthritis often are similar to signs of normal aging, so if your pet seems to have any of these symptoms for more than two weeks, the best thing to do is to have your veterinarian examine them, and then advise you as to what treatment plan would be best to help your pet deal with the pain. Arthritis treatments for pets are similar to those for humans, and may include:

Do not give human pain medications to your pet without first consulting your veterinarian. Some human products, including over-the-counter medications, can be fatal for pets.


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