Arthritis in Pets: Helping Them Cope

Pet Arthritis_iStock_000075088461_LargeArthritis in pets is surprisingly common, and can be just as much of a problem for our four-legged friends as it is for humans. Arthritis is more frequently seen in senior pets, but it can affect an animal at any age.

There are several types of arthritis in pets, osteoarthritis being the most common form. This occurs when the cartilage surrounding the joints begin to thin and the cells die, causing inflammation. Extra bony growths can also develop, which further increase an animal’s discomfort and mobility problems.