Advances in veterinary care mean that our beloved pets are living longer than ever. This extended lifespan is wonderful but means that our pets need extra care as they age to ensure they can enjoy a good quality of life in their senior years. To keep your best friend active and happy this winter, our vets have prepared some tips to help you protect your pet from arthritis.
Osteoarthritis is a disease that occurs slowly over time and it is debilitating for one in five dogs over seven years of age. Arthritis also affects cats and many suffer in silence because cats can be very good at hiding their pain. It is thought that 9/10 cats over the age of 12 suffer from arthritis.
Just like with humans, arthritis can be painful and keeping your pet active can be a challenge. Weight control and exercise are important in the management of arthritis. We may recommend a special nutritional diet as a treatment for arthritic joints and also to help reduce calories!
The best way to keep your pet active and healthy is to have regular check-ups with our vets every six months. We can help manage arthritis and minimise damage to your pets’ joints if we detect arthritis early. As with many conditions early intervention is always best. There are a variety of treatments available that can help repair joint cartilage, improve motility and relieve arthritic pain. As soon as you notice your pet showing any signs of arthritis please contact us so we can help!
There are many things our vets can do to help and there are simple lifestyle changes that you can make at home to keep your pet comfortable this winter. Having warm comfy beds with padding and/or raised off the floor and ramps and pet stairs are just some of the ways you can make things more comfortable and easier for your pet.
- Is your pet taking longer to get up from sitting or lying down?
- Is going up or down stairs harder than it used to be for your pet?
- Does your pet show signs of discomfort (flinching or growling) when being touched?
- Does your pet have difficulty climbing over or onto things (such as into a litter tray)?
- Do they lag behind on walks?
- Is your pet hesitating or avoiding jumping up onto surfaces like they used to?
- Do they need assistance to jump into cars or onto the couch when they previously did not?
Please contact our friendly team to chat about how we can help your pet.