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19 December 2023
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Old Pets: Prioritising Your Dog's Health for a Happy and Active Life

Old Pets: Prioritising Your Pet's Health for a Happy and Active Life

Arthritis in pets can stem from various factors. The first is general wear and tear which can be normal over the course of your pet’s lifetime, especially as they move into their senior years. Activities like repeated ball throwing or high-impact exercises can accelerate this wear and tear. Additionally, injuries can pave the way for arthritis. Lifestyle choices, including weight management and exercise also play a part in the likelihood of a pet developing arthritis as well as genetics. Breeds such as Labradors, German shepherds and Scottish folds are just a few of many breeds that exhibit a higher predisposition.

Owners play a crucial role in detecting signs of arthritis in their pets. Symptoms of arthritis aren’t always as obvious as a pronounced limp, other indicators include things such as overtiredness, aggressive reaction to touching, struggling to groom, and reluctance to go on walks.

Arthritis can be diagnosed through a clinical examination and recognition of symptoms. Your vet can prescribe a variety of pain medications and joint supplements for your pet to best suit their individual needs. Our team of vets, nurses and animal care assistants can help advise you on easy adaptations you can make at home and to your pets routine to make them feel more comfortable. This includes the use of non-slip mats, bowl stands, car ramps and splitting your dogs daily walk into multiple shorter outings, or even supportive treatment through physiotherapy.

Cats and rabbits with arthritis will also appreciate some help with grooming. You can also help your rabbit by giving them a litter tray with a low entrance so they don’t need to jump high. Weight clinics with a nurse can be a great way to help you keep your pets weight on track if you’re struggling.

Please come and talk to us if you would like some advice on any aspect of managing your pets’ arthritis. Call us on 01934 852 422 to discuss how we can help your pet.

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