Pet Arthritis

Just as humans can experience arthritis and inflammation in their joints, pets can too. This can cause them to slow down or cause pain. At Bridges Professional Park Animal Hospital, located in Morehead City NC, our veterinarians can diagnose inflammation and arthritis, and help make your pet as comfortable as possible. If you suspect your pet is experiencing arthritis, let us help.


What Causes Pet Arthritis and Inflammation?

As pets age, the cartilage that is between their joints begins to naturally thin. This can lead to both arthritis and Inflammation in the joints. In addition to this, obesity can put pressure on the joints which can cause the cartilage to wear prematurely. Injuries to the joints and muscles can also cause both of these conditions even after the injury has healed.

The Signs Your Pet Has Arthritis

One of the most common signs that pet owners notice if their pet has arthritis and inflammation is a slow down in their pet. Your dog may appear to want to lay more than normal and not want to play or fetch. Both cats and dogs may be slow to get up and slow to move. Weather can affect arthritis and inflammation, as can a lot of exercise. If your pet is slower on a cold day or after they have had a busy day the day before, your pet may be experiencing this condition.

How a Veterinarian Treats Arthritis

There are many different treatments that your veterinarian may offer if your pet is experiencing arthritis and inflammation. The veterinary treatment that is offered will vary based on the age of your pet and how much pain your pet seems to be experiencing. Non-steroid treatments and pain relievers can be used to treat minor arthritis. If your pet is in significant pain, steroid treatments, stronger pain relievers, and even surgical intervention may be used to help your pet and improve their quality of life.

Let Our Veterinarian Help Your Pet With Arthritis and Inflammation

Arthritis and inflammation can make your pet uncomfortable and is often painful. While these conditions are common in older pets, there is no reason your pet has to live in pain. If your pet is uncomfortable, our veterinarians at Bridges Professional Park Animal Hospital in Morehead City can help. Call us today at (252) 247-5595 to schedule an appointment.

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Read What Our Clients Say

    Dr. Marci and the staff at Bridges have taken amazing care of my boys (who are not easy to work with I might add). They treat us like royalty and I wouldn’t trust my babies with anyone else. They are amazing, always so sweet, caring, and understanding. I just can’t thank them enough for keeping my sweet babies happy and healthy.

    MOLLY S.

    Doctor Roxanne Taylor is the best most Professional Veterinarian. For the past 30 years she has been their for us and our dogs. She has the most loving caring heart of any Veterinarian I have ever met. Thank You Doc. Taylor for all you do! Ronnie & Debbie Ennis


    truly kind and caring doctor and staff. they honestly love animals and and put their patients above everything. I had to lay my dog down, it was a horrible time, and the doctor cared enough to make sure i got her paw print, some of her hair, and her ashes. Then i got a card in the mail from the vet herself that was heartfelt, they are not in it for the money, but for their love of animals.

    GERRI R.

    I’ve been taking my birds and dogs to Dr. Taylor and her staff for a very long time – one of my cockatiels is 22 years old (they're only supposed to reach 12!) In healthy times, sickness and emergencies, the folks at Bridges have been there for me with compassion and excellent care. They are such a part of the community and are always active in animal rescue events, rabies clinics, and any opportunity to support animal welfare. These folks care like family.

    RITA E.

    I have a very high regard for Dr. Taylor and her staff. They take great care of my pets, and during a recent emergency, I was really impressed by Dr. Taylor’s tenacious, detail-oriented diagnostics and resulting treatment recommendations. Bridges is also the vet for Siamese Cat Rescue efforts in this area. I love the staff. They are so willing to work with us and they really support our efforts in caring for these amazing creatures and helping find them safe and loving homes.


    Dr. Roxanne Taylor is a great, caring vet. I breed, raise and show champion Doberman Pinschers and Dr. Taylor has been my vet for 18 years. She is beyond caring; I can site thousands of incidents. She is very thorough; her motto is ‘let’s find out, let’s be sure.’ Her staff, oh my gosh, they know who you are when you call, are so personable and do everything to make the animals feel at home. They are accessible, honest and truly love what they do. I couldn’t imagine finding better vete


    Oh I love Roxanne! The best way I can describe my experience with her is total trust. She is honest, deeply compassionate and not afraid to refer you to a specialist when it’s in the best interest of the animal. She snatched one of my Yorkies from the grave twice within his first two years of life! And when my sister and I lost our Poodles, she was so comforting. Our dogs just wag their tails like crazy when they see her; that’s a testimonial in itself!

    THEDA “FAY” S.

    I have a lot of confidence in Dr. Taylor and her practice. They go to extraordinary lengths to help animals . . . and their people! Before I moved here from New Jersey, I brought my dog to Dr. Taylor whenever I visited my daughter. It was a long way to travel to see the vet, but she helped me bring an abused very scared animal to health. She is very upfront and helps me make good decisions for my pets with complete information. I’m very pleased with the service I’ve gotten at Bridges Animal


    Dr. Taylor has been treating our dogs for more than 20 years. We breed show dogs and therapy dogs and are very particular. The folks at Bridges are gentle, kind and have never let us down. We have complete confidence in them and wouldn’t go anyplace else. We are really lucky to get to work with them.


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