Cats and dogs can suffer from arthritis much like we do, and as winter approaches the signs and symptoms can worsen in the damp and cold weather.
Dogs and cats over ten years of age are classed as Senior, and animals over this age are more likely to suffer from arthritis. Not all cats and dogs become arthritic, some are more likely to than others which is believed to be genetic.
High mileage dogs and cats which have had very active younger lives are unfortunately more likely to suffer.
Be aware of the signs
It is important to look out for the signs of arthritis so your pet can lead a more comfortable older life and have something to help them ease the pain.
Cats will be less keen to play, may hide more and be reluctant to be stroked. They may not jump up onto high surfaces as much as they used to.
Dogs may become reluctant to go for walks and be intermittently lame. Both dogs and cats may lose some appetite as the pain makes them uncomfortable enough not to eat.
Our vets would be happy to see any pet which you think may be suffering from arthritis.
We have a range of medications to suit any animal, available in either liquid or tablet form. We can also advise you on any supplements which may be beneficial to your pet for supporting joint health.
Alongside medications and supplements regular short steady exercise including swimming can be beneficial.
Our nurses are happy to advise on the ideal weight for your pet, especially as they are all very different. At Knotts Yard Vets we carry out free weight clinics for both dogs and cats.
Please call the practice on 01953 889750 to make an appointment.