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Arthritis treatment

Arthritis is a very common disease in older cats and dogs. Although there is no treatment that can completely cure arthritis, there are several that can relieve the pain and reduce the symptoms associated with the disease.

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

Different pets can experience different symptoms. Usually, animals with arthritis will have one or more of these symptoms:

  • Lameness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Loss of interest in games and toys
  • Depleted energy
  • Difficulty getting up or performing certain movements
  • Stiffness
  • Frequent posture changes
  • Isolation
  • Flinching when touched
  • Etc.

What causes arthritis?

Arthritis can be caused by all sorts of things, and we’re not always able to diagnose the exact cause. Factors such as obesity, genetics, breed, poor diet and interval sports can affect the development of the disease.

What are the treatments to reduce the pain and symptoms of arthritis?

There are several treatment options depending on what’s causing arthritis:

  • A special diet
  • Dietary supplements
  • Weight management
  • An exercise regimen
  • Physical rehabilitation/physiotherapy
  • Laser therapy
  • Alternative medicine
  • Medication
  • Etc.