Many of our pets are experts at hiding things from us…their toys, our slippers, that bone they could not have possibly eaten in the last few minutes since you gave it to them! However, it might come as a surprise to know that they are also very good at hiding pain from us too. In nature, they are hard-wired to hide ailments and discomfort, so it can be very difficult for us as owners to identify problems or illness until it becomes too difficult for your pet to mask any longer.
Arthritis is a generic term used for many different types of conditions of the joint, it is a general term used to refer to Osteoarthritis, a progressive condition that results from the breakdown of joints. Osteoarthritis is a gradual, debilitating disease, that often affects hips, knees and elbows.
1 in 5 young dogs and 4 in 5 older dogs are affected!
It is an extremely painful condition with no cure, however with veterinary intervention, you can make sure that arthritis doesn’t stop your pet from doing what he/she loves and that they can lead a happy, pain free life!
Dogs & Cats can not tell us that they are in pain but we can listen to their body language!
Watch out for the following subtle symptoms:
- Slowing down
- Reluctance to go on walks or play
- Lack of agility or jumping
- Difficulty with stairs or slippery surfaces
- Restlessness at night
- Changes in appetite
- Changes in temperament
- Don’t just put it down to old age!
Talk to us about treatment options today!