Osteoarthritis is a painful condition that affects the joint cartilage of cats and dogs. It is a degenerative disease that gradually progresses as pets enter their twilight years. It is caused by the deterioration and eventual breakdown of the joint in the cartilage through years of wear and tear. It can also be due to trauma or injury. The deterioration of the cartilage can result in bones of the joint rubbing against each other and causing pain, formation of bone spurs, and decreased range of motion in the affected joints. The problem is a little harder to diagnose in cats because they try their best to hide signs of pain, so the symptoms are more subtle.
Regular physical activity appropriate for your pet and a nutritionally balanced diet can help maintain healthy weight and reduces pressure on weight-bearing joints. Daily exercise can also promote joint mobility while providing physical therapy for your arthritic pet.