Arthritis in older pets
Cooler months are just around the corner. As the temperature starts to drop, many cats and dogs start to suffer from painful arthritis. Arthritis is one of the most common diseases affecting cats and dogs as they get older. In fact, arthritis affects one in five adult dogs and cats and becomes even more common the older they get.
Arthritis causes changes within the affected joints that are painful for the affected pet. This pain is responsible for many of the signs associated with arthritis.
Here are some common signs:
- Limping – you may see your pet limping or favouring one let. This limp can seem worse in the morning when your pet rises and less noticeable as your pet “warms up” by moving around.
- Difficulty moving – your pet may be reluctant to do things that were previously easy. Arthritic cats may stop jumping on countertops or high places because of the pain and discomfort.
- Spinal issues – arthritic changes can occur not only in the legs but various parts of the spine. You may notice an abnormal posture with a hunch in the back or lameness in the back legs.
- Tiredness -your pet may spend more time sleeping and/or resting. It may mean your walks become shorter.
- Irritability – your pet may snap and/or bite when approached or handled. Especially if the petting/handling takes place in a manner that increase their pain.
- Muscle atrophy – arthritic pets often develop muscle atrophy or dying off of the muscle tissue due to inactivity and decreased use of the muscles.
- Licking, chewing and biting – pets affected with arthritis may also begin to lick at, chew or bite at body areas that are painful. This may even reach the point of causing inflamed skin and hair loss over affected areas.
Although arthritis cannot be cured, there are various remedies and procedures that can help ease the pain for your pet. At myvet Strathfieldsaye in Bendigo, we stock 4CYTE Canine; a revolutionary advancement in joint health for dogs, stimulating the natural mechanism to maintain healthy cartilage and joints.
Contact us for advice if you believe your dog or cat is suffering from arthritis.