As we get older, we become painfully aware of the degeneration in our joints resulting in chronic pain and restricted joint movement, known as Arthritis.  Dogs too can suffer from this disease, which can spoil their quality of life.

Characteristic symptoms to look out for are:

  • Limping or stiffness either after exercise or lying down
  • Not wanting to play / walk as he used to
  • Difficulty getting in or out of the car or back doorstep
  • Resistance to being stroked in certain areas
  • Spending a lot of time resting or sleeping
  • Less tolerant of other pets or children who want to play
  • Disinterested in what’s going on around them
  • Needing reassurance when they used to be more confident
  • Licking or chewing joints which can lead to hair loss.

Treatments and Therapies available

It is important to consult a vet who will advise on the best treatment for your pet.

  • AlfieMedication – Anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • Surgery – Replacement joints or fusing of joints to prevent movement which causes pain.
  • Weight Management – This can dramatically improve the quality of life for arthritic pets.  Special diets are available to reduce weight
  • Gentle Exercise – Helps to maintain a healthy weight for your pet.
  • Comfort and care – Ensure your pet has a warm, comfortable bed.  Orthopaedic foam beds are available which will reduce pressure on the joints.
  • Alternative Therapies – Supplements containing Glucosamine, cod liver oil will help, as well as the use of ElectroMagnetic collars see , homoeopathy, acupuncture and physiotherapy.  You may find the cost of some of these therapies may be covered by your pet insurance.

…  Anne