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PETS GET ARTHRITIS TOO!
Many senior pets suffer with arthritis that is not treated because the family think that the changes are just because the pet "is getting old". The fact is that "getting old" often means the pet has arthritis.
With a change in weather aching bones will often be at their worst.
Take a few moment to read through the following six points and see if any apply to your pet.
You may see your pet limping or favoring one or more of his legs, depending on which legs and which joints are arthritic. In some cases, the limp may seem worse when your pet first rises and become less noticeable as your pet “warms up” by moving around.
2. Difficulty Moving
Your pet may also become reluctant to do things that were previously easy for him to accomplish. For instance, your dog may find it difficult to get into and out of the car or may have difficulty going up and down stairs that were previously easily manageable. Arthritic cats, on the other hand, may stop jumping onto countertops, perches and other high areas because of the pain and discomfort.
Your pet may tire more easily. For dogs, this may mean that walks become shorter and more painful for your pet. Your pet may spend more time sleeping and/or resting.
Arthritic animals may become irritable. They may snap and/or bite when approached or handled, particularly if the petting or handling takes place in a manner that increases their pain.
5. Muscle Atrophy
Arthritic pets often develop muscle atrophy or dying off of the muscle tissue due to inactivity and decreased use of the muscles. A pet with atrophied muscles in their legs will have a leg which looks thinner than a normal leg.
6. Licking, Chewing & Biting
Pets affected with arthritis may also begin to lick at, chew or bite at body areas that are painful. This may even reach the point of causing inflamed skin and hair loss over affected areas.
Come in and look at the iPad arthritis presentation which will help you understand the disease process
Arrange to see Tracy or Cathy who can put together an effective treatment plan that will help turn the clock back (a little bit anyway!)
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4 Lang Road, Broadmeadow
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