How can you recognise Osteoarthritis in your pet?
An arthritic joint may be stiff to move or have a reduced range of movement and not be able to bend as much as it used to.
Pain: pets will not normally show excessive pain however you may notice signs like slowing down, getting stiff, eating or playing less or other behavioural changes.
- Lameness or stiffness, typically in the mornings or after exercise
- Tender or swollen joints
- Restlessness or difficulty getting comfortable
- Licking at their joints
A natural progression with these symptoms or as our pet’s age is a reduction in exercise, which can lead to muscle loss and weight gain, both of which are detrimental to the condition.
If you are worried your pet has arthritis, please make an appointment with one of our vets who will be happy to advise you on the best options to help.