Spring might have sprung, but the onset of warmer weather doesn’t necessarily mean that pets suffering from arthritis will be more comfortable than during the cold of winter. Pets with arthritis still need to be carefully managed year-round to ensure they remain comfortable, happy and healthy all of the time.
Signs of arthritis
Both dogs and cats can suffer from arthritis, which refers to a painful inflammation and stiffness of the joints. In dogs, you might notice them having trouble getting up in the morning after lying down, with stiffness in the limbs or not being able to easily jump up into the car. Some dogs can also show signs of muscle loss around the hips and hind limbs, and may growl when sore joints are touched. After exercise, dogs can also be especially stiff and sore if they are arthritic.
Cats may display signs of being reluctant to climb up or off furniture, or develop a scruffy or matted coat if they’re less able to turn around and groom themselves as easily.
If you’ve noticed your pet displaying any of the signs of arthritis, a health check-up is strongly advised so that we can examine the animal. X-rays are often worthwhile to diagnose and determine the extent of any arthritic changes.
What can be done?
We’ll discuss the best arthritis treatment and management options for your pet, taking into account their age, lifestyle and any other health concerns.
There are a variety of treatment options available for arthritis, including daily medications, regular injections, food supplements and special diets that help joint health. We will also advise on the level of exercise your pet should be doing, weight management and, if appropriate, other treatment options including massage, acupuncture and hydrotherapy.
Once we have an arthritis management plan in place, together we can ensure your pet stays happy and healthy year-round. Call us on 5576 0400 to book an appointment with Dr Peter or Dr Dylan.