Is Your Pet Suffering In Silence?
Winter is the time when many of our pets start to feel the cold and damp in their joints. Most dogs over 8 years old are prone to arthritis, but many owners remain unaware of their discomfort because our pets don’t make a big fuss about it. Early signs can be just a slower dog with possibly some stiffness on rising that often gets better once they have got moving. In more advanced cases, there is often a more markedly stiff gait and they may be reluctant to jump up onto furniture or into cars. These animals are showing signs of pain and discomfort, even if they are not screaming out in pain.
So what can be done? Firstly, it is important to know that even mild cases of arthritis can benefit greatly from treatment and the earlier this is started the longer it will be before the disease becomes crippling. Weight loss combined with gentle exercise and massage can be very effective on their own. In addition, special diets (such as J/d diet) and joint supplements may also be useful in milder cases.
Finally, many pets can get great benefit from relief given by medication which helps reduce inflammation and pain.
If you suspect that your pet is showing signs of arthritis, don’t let them suffer in silence, come and discuss this further. There’s a good chance we can help you to help them!