This month we are focusing on arthritis and joint pain that our pets can suffer from, specifically osteoarthritis, which can affect 80% of our senior fur babies. Dogs are at higher risk of suffering from arthritis, however our cats can also suffer from this.
What is arthritis? Arthritis is one of the most common diseases that can affect our senior dogs and cats. Arthritis is also known as degenerative joint disease as it occurs when a joint becomes unstable, causing the bones to move abnormally within the joint. Cartilage lines our pets joints acting as a barrier between bones and over time this abnormal movement erodes the cartilage and bone begins rubbing against bone creating chronic inflammation and pain.
Recognising arthritis in dogs and cats: The most obvious sign of arthritis is a limping dog or cat. However, there are numerous other subtle signs that may indicate your pet is uncomfortable. Common signs can include: - Limping, lameness and stiffness in joints - Difficulty getting up in the morning - Urinating indoors - Instability/shaking in the legs - Difficulty when jumping and moving over distances/climbing up stairs - Increased vocalisation
Is your pet prone to arthritis? Large and giant breed dogs like Labradors, Retrievers and German Shepherds can have a genetic predisposition to develop joint disease in their hips and elbows. You can start your puppy off right by feeding a large breed puppy food specifically designed to make sure your pet receives the correct nutritional balance so their bones and joints develop at an appropriate rate. If growth occurs too quickly then the joints may form abnormally resulting in joint disease.
Receive 10% off your vet consult for your pets over 7 years of age, showing signs of arthritis (T's and C's Apply). Please bring in the following voucher at your time of appointment.