What are the signs of pet arthritis?
Signs of arthritis in pets include reluctance to walk or jump, difficulty playing or doing stairs, and trouble rising from a resting position. Limping and crying out in pain may occur. Vague signs can be noticed, such as lack of appetite and restlessness.
The diagnosis of arthritis starts with a thorough physical and orthopedic exam by your vet. After blood work is performed, another exam and X-rays under sedation or anesthesia may be recommended. More advanced testing includes taking a fluid sample from the joint with a syringe and needle (“joint tap”). It could then be sent to the lab for analysis.