The different life stages that pets experience is really no different from us humans. Especially when old age approaches, a lot of pets both cats and dogs may experience arthritis at some point in their life time. There are some circumstances where young dogs may end up with this condition. Regardless the age, living with arthritis can be very challenging. However there are ways you can help your beloved pets with their condition.
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is a type of joint disorder that consist of inflammation in one or more of the pet’s joint. This disorder can be a result of trauma to the joint, infection in the joint or just old age.
- Limping– may start when your pet gets up from laying down and become less noticeable when walking for awhile.
- Issues with moving– stiffness occurs and your dog may have issues getting in or out the car. Arthritic cats may stop jumping on high surfaces. Cold temperatures may also increase the stiffness.
- Spinal problems – Arthritis can also affect different parts of the spine causing sore neck or hunched back
- Tiredness– this means much shorter walks and wanting to sleep more.
- Irritated mood– Pets become more irritated and may nip or jump (not in a playful manner) while handling them.
- Muscle atrophy– muscle tissues that die off due to inactivity, in this case one of your dog’s or cat’s leg may be significantly thinner then the other three.
- Excessive licking or biting– if your pet is licking or biting a certain area, this may be where it hurts the most. This may cause inflamed skin and/or hair loss.
At this time there isn’t a cure for pet arthritis however there are many different types of treatments that can help. To find out more about the options that are out there consult with your vet.
It can be difficult to get pets with arthritis in the car of have them laying on a hard floor at a boarding facility. which is why in your home care is the best choice for elderly pets, keeping them home where they are most comfortable. If you don’t have a pet sitter contact us, NOLAs Finest Pet Care