Another winter is upon us and this year’s El Nino is predicted to bring us some of the coldest weather for some time. Our dogs are not that different from us in feeling the cold in their bones and the winter months are a common time for arthritis to be diagnosed for the first time or flare ups to happen in those already on treatment.
A common thing we hear at AlphaPet is that stiffness and occasional lameness are just a part of getting older and that there is no discomfort associated with these problems. In fact these signs are often the hallmark of arthritis and a sure sign that an animal is not just uncomfortable but in pain.
Arthritis is becoming more common as our pet population ages and obesity becomes more prevalent. These factors mean that the joints have to put up with a lot more stress and strain and this takes its toll, resulting in degeneration of the normally smooth cartilage, new irregular bone formation and the joint becoming inflamed and painful.
As the days become colder spare a thought for your aging companion and if they do look a little stiff or lame, know there are ways to help alleviate their pain.