Pet Arthritis - Infographic
In simple terms, arthritis is defined as the deterioration of cartilage, causing the bones to grind against each other. Arthritis is a common ailment among both dogs and cats. Approximately one in five dogs over the age of seven suffer from some degree of arthritis pain, as well as 90% of geriatric cats.
Working dogs, athletic dogs, pets with diabetes or Cushing’s disease, and overweight pets are at an elevated risk for developing arthritis. Arthritis most commonly develops in the shoulders, elbows, knees, paws, hips, neck and back.
Treatment of canine and feline arthritis includes pain medications, joint supplements and a weight loss plan if the animal is obese. Owners should speak with their pet’s veterinarian to develop a treatment plan for their individual animal.