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.
- Medication – 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 http://www.magnetsforall.com/site/1346576/page/527140 , homoeopathy, acupuncture and physiotherapy. You may find the cost of some of these therapies may be covered by your pet insurance.