Arthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease (DJD), is a complex condition involving the inflammation of a joint due to the destruction of the cartilage within. This is generally a progressive disease, but can occur following conditions involving joint instability, or injury. Marked by joint swelling, stiffness and decreased range of motion, arthritis is a painful and often debilitating disease when left untreated. Generally it affects older and especially overweight pets, as well as large or giant breed dogs. It is estimated that 90% of cats over 12 years of age and as many as 1 in 5 dogs have arthritis.

Signs your pet may have arthritis:

  • lack of jumping, running, stretching or playing
  • limping or change in gait
  • changes in posture
  • inappropriate urination
  • constipation
  • decreased appetite
  • trouble standing up
  • sudden aggression
  • grouchiness
  • reaction from being touched
  • lack of grooming or over grooming
  • vocalization
  • isolation
  • avoiding stairs
  • weight loss
  • sudden aging
  • change in normal behavior

If you think your pet may suffer from Osteoarthritis, call us to make an appointment with one of our Veterinarians. There are several options, such as medications, prescription diets and supplements designed to reduce your pets discomfort and to prevent further damage. For more information on osteoarthritis visit our client resources downloads page.