Did you know that arthritis is the number one cause of chronic pain in pets?
Is your pet experiencing any of the following?
- Difficulty walking, climbing stairs, or getting in and out of the car
- An overall decrease in activity
- Slowness getting up from a lying position
- "Bunny hopping" with the hind legs
- Slow or stiff movements upon waking, after rest, or in cold weather
- Beginning to limp
- Swollen joints
- Licking or biting at a joint
- Change in personality
If you notice any of the signs above, do not just think that your pet is "slowing down with age." Bring them to see us! The faster osteoarthritis is first diagnosed and treated, the better your pet's quality of life will be.
What is Osteoarthritis?
Arthritis, also known as osteoarthritis (OA), is a chronic, degenerative joint disease that makes movement difficult and painful. Although it mainly strikes pets in their middle and senior years, younger animals can also be affected. In fact, studies show that about 20% of dogs have this condition in some form. Many cats also suffer from this debilitating disease.
There is no cure for osteoarthritis. However, if it is treated promptly, there is a great deal that you and your veterinarian can do to decrease your pet's discomfort and increase mobility.
Receive 20% Off Your Pet's Arthritis Exam During November 2014*
At Wright Animal Hospital, we care about osteoarthritis in your pet and offer the following:
- Questionnaire for pet owners
- Osteoarthritis exam
- Orthopedic radiographs where indicated
- Starter pack of joint supplements or medications
*November Pet Arthritis Exam Special includes evaluation for arthritis. Discount excludes sick/injured, wellness exams and x-rays.
Call us today at (847) 299-0135 to schedule an appointment. The faster osteoarthritis is first diagnosed and treated, the better your pet's quality of life will be.