Dog and Cat Arthritis


Helping senior pets maintain their mobility

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a condition involving inflammation and loss of cartilage within your pet's joints.  This can result in painand changes to your pet's mobility. There is no single cause of arthritis but several factors may contribute including:

  • Body conformation (how a dog is built)

  • Obesity/overweight

  • Abnormal joint development (hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, luxating patellas)

  • Injuries (previous factures, ligament damage, muscle injury)

  • Surgeries (TPLO, arthroscopy)

  • Repeated high impact activity (agility, fetch, sporting dogs)

Symptoms of Arthritis

Dogs and cats can show many different symptoms when they have arthritis and commonly owners attribute these symptoms to "getting old".  Dogs and cats are very good at hiding their pain, so knowing the signs is the first step at getting them help!

  • Difficulty getting up and down

  • Walking stiffly

  • Limping in one or more legs

  • Reluctance to go up and down stairs

  • Reluctance to jump up or down (onto/off furniture)

  • Swollen joints

  • Slowing down on walks

  • Overgrooming joints or other body parts

  • Changes in posture

  • New and unexpected aggression or irritability


Healing Tails helps to relieve pain in pets suffering from arthritis to reduce their dependancy on chronic medications and maintain their mobility and independence. 


It can be very confusing to decide how to best help your pet deal with their arthritis. There is so much information out there, it can be difficult to determine what might really help, resulting in feelings of frustration and continued pain for your pet. Instead of seeking out help from friends and family or the internet, let us help you. As one of the only a few pet rehabilitation facilities in the Chicago area, we have years of experience and specific training on how to best help you and your pet. 

During your pets initial exam we will create a plan tailored specifically for their needs. We will spend time discussing your personal goals for you and your pet to make sure that everyone is on the same page and can create a plan of action to best achieve those goals. We have seen clients waste not only their time, but hundreds of dollars on solutations that don't help. We stay up to date on all the current research so that we can help recommend: 

  • The best combination of supplements

  • Home modifications to keep your pet most comfortable

  • Mobility assist devices such as harnesses or ramps 

  • The best home exercise plan

  • How to best care for your pets individual needs at home

  • A physical rehabilitation plan to help keep your pet as mobile, comfortable and independent


Frequently Asked Questions