Winter is arthritis season! The cold weather often brings on symptoms in those pets with underlying degenerative joint disease, like Bentley.
Bentley was presented recently because his owners had noticed he was finding it hard to get up in the mornings and seemed a bit stiff in his hind legs. He is a delightful little dog but unfortunately overweight!
Radiographs showed that Bentley had been suffering from strained anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL) in both his hind legs for a while. Arthritis was evident in both his stifle (knee) joints.
Surgery is recommended in some cases of more acute ligament tears where there are not significant degenerative arthritis changes. In Bayley’s case weight loss combined with regular controlled exercise and anti-inflammatory medication should help him become more comfortable and regain his quality of life.
It is important in all dogs and cats to make sure they are not overweight because excessive weight places so much strain on their joints. Medications alone are rarely effective in overweight animals.
If you suspect your dog may be suffering from arthritis organise a check at Pet Doctors as early as possible so treatment can be started before the arthritic changes become too advanced.