How is your pet’s mobility?
Osteoarthritis is surprisingly common in older dogs and also cats. It has been estimated that arthritis affects 1 in 5 dogs and the incidence may be as high in cats. Arthritis can be more easily overlooked in cats as they tend to hide their symptoms and become less active instead. Osteoarthritis is an incurable, degenerative disease that causes pain as well as reduced flexibility of the joints and decreased mobility. Signs in dogs are variable but may include: walking oddly e.g. a bunny hopping gait, reluctance to exercise, limping, difficulty sitting or rising from a sitting position, yelping when touched. With cats signs can be more subtle and include sleeping more and being less active, reluctance to jump up or down, playing less, having more accidents out of the litter tray and having difficult getting in or out of the cat flap. (There is a useful mobility check-list you can use at home to assess your cat available at https://icatcare.org/advice/cat-health/arthritis-and-degenerative-joint-disease-cats ).
If you think your pet may be showing any of these problems we can help. Although arthritis can’t be cured there are a number of treatments that can help improve your pet’s mobility and make them more comfortable including loosing weight if they are obese, laser therapy, acupuncture, joint supplements, anti-inflammatory drugs and pain-killers. Please ring and make an appointment to have your animal examined and discuss their mobility.