Arthritis is a sneaky condition. It tends to creep up over time and our pets won't always show obvious signs until they are in considerable pain so it helps to know these signs.
The disease is caused by the wearing down of the cartilage that covers the bones at the end of a joint. This 'cushioning' cartilage helps joints move freely and without discomfort, but as it wears down the ends of the bones become exposed and can rub together. You can imagine the pain this might cause your pet!
It is very important to understand that your pet won’t necessarily limp or yelp or whimper if he or she is in pain.
THE SUBTLE SIGNS YOUR DOG HAS ARTHRITIS:
• Hesitant to jump into the car or up on furniture
• Slowing down on walks or a reluctance to walk as far
• A bit slow to get going after getting up
• Lowers his body slowly when going to lie down
• Behavioural changes e.g. grumpy when touched on the back
• Slipping on floorboards or hesitant to use stairs
Cats are even better than dogs at hiding or covering up pain caused by arthritis. If you think about it, cats spend much of their time sleeping and we generally don't take cats for a walk, so it is hard to see a change in their mobility.
THE SUBTLE SIGNS YOUR CAT HAS ARTHRITIS:
• Landing 'in a heap' when jumping off furniture
• Hesitant when jumping up or down from the furniture
• Reluctant to climb the fence or trees
• No longer using the litter box properly (especially if it has high sides)
• Resistant to being picked up or moved
• Matted or scruffy coat (as grooming is painful)
• Long nails - simply because of reduced activity
Thankfully, there are now a number of treatments and supplements that can be given to dogs and cats to help ease and manage the symptoms of arthritis (Check here for cat-friendly joint support). It is important to first speak to your vet about the best course of action to take for your pet.
At Pet Guardians, we sell a range of prescription medications, including meloxicam, metacam and carprofen. To purchase prescription medication online, you will need to have a valid script from a registered vet. Contact Pet Guardians today for all your pet needs.