Signs that your pet may have arthritis include a decrease in their activity level, a change in their gait, and limping. These may be worse after exercise, cold weather, or when first getting up after lying down. Cats may have difficulty in grooming and jumping onto furniture. Increase irritability may also indicate that they are uncomfortable.
A comprehensive physical examination is the first step in diagnosing and treating arthritis. Radiographs and screening for tick-borne disease are additional diagnostic steps. Monitoring liver and kidney values may be necessary with some chronic medications.
There are many options available to help slow the progression of arthritis and minimize their discomfort.