How to Recognize the Signs of Arthritis Pain in Cats and Dogs

At TangleWilde Veterinary Clinic, our Houston veterinarians can do a lot to slow the progression of chronic disease, like arthritis, and manage pet discomfort. It’s best, however, to intervene early, when we first recognize pets slowing down and changing their behaviors. Cats and dogs rarely cry out in pain, so it’s good to know all the subtle signs that creep up, before loss of muscle mass occurs and other more dramatic signs are present.

Signs of Arthritis in Dogs and Cats

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of arthritis pain in dogs and cats requires pet parents to be extra vigilant and observant of their pets’ daily behaviors. Some pets might vocalize their pain, yowling or whimpering, but most, as a survival instinct, avoid this behavior.
The following signs might indicate your cat or dog is experiencing arthritis pain:
  • Limping or favoring a particular limb
  • Trouble walking and climbing stairs
  • Disinterest in play
  • Reluctance to jump up or down
  • Lethargy
  • Difficulty standing up or laying down
  • Stiffness
  • Swollen joints or joints that are tender to the touch
  • Avoiding other people or animals in the household
  • Cats might groom a particular spot excessively
  • Dogs might lick or bite at a painful joint or limb
  • Cats might begin having accidents outside of the litter box
All aging dogs and cats are prone to developing arthritis, but certain breeds, overweight pets, pets with anatomical abnormalities, and those with past injuries are at a heightened risk. If you notice any changes in your pet’s behavior, you should schedule a check-up right away.

Managing Your Pet's Arthritis Pain with TangleWilde Veterinary Clinic

If your Houston cat or dog seems to be slowing down, we recommend scheduling an appointment right away. Losing interest in play and suffering a reduced quality of life is not a normal symptom of aging, and your pet’s arthritis pain can be addressed. At TangleWilde Veterinary Clinic, our veterinarians take a multifaceted approach to treating and managing chronic pain in pets. We offer a variety of holistic services that are scientifically proven to help reduce pain, inflammation, and other discomfort in pets, such as:
  • Acupuncture
  • Laser Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Weight Management
Using a variety of pain management approaches, we’ll tailor a treatment plan to meet your pet’s specific needs. We can use a variety of short-term solutions (such as pain medication) and treatments that are safe for long-term use (holistic methods).
For more information or to schedule a pain management appointment for your pet, we welcome you to contact TangleWilde Veterinary Clinic today!