Arthritis affects 80% of dogs over the age of 8 years old and 20% of dogs of any age. There are probably a similar number of cats affected but less research has been done into these.
Arthritis is a painful degenerative disease of the joints and causes pain and stiffness. Humans are not very good at picking up on signs of chronic pain in animals. Signs that your pet may be suffering from arthritis include:
- slower getting up or lying down
- slowing down on walks or getting tired quicker
- slipping or stumbling when walking
- not jumping up as much as before
- thinking more about jumping onto or off furniture
- reluctance to climb stairs
- changes in toileting habits
- becoming grumpy towards other animals or people
- sleeping more
Some of these signs can be extremely subtle but they can all be a sign that your pet is in pain.
None of us likes to think of our pets in pain and fortunately there is a lot that can be done to reduce their discomfort and suffering. The earlier treatment is started the better as this reduces a condition called ‘wind-up’, where the pain system becomes more sensitive the longer an animal is in pain, and therefore treatments are less likely to work.
For National Pet Month which runs until the 6th May, I am offering a free pack of joint supplement worth £43* and free initial written prescription for any arthritis medication worth £10 to arthritic dogs and cats who have a home visit for a check up. The cost of this visit and assessment is £60.
Please contact me to take advantage of this amazing offer! To register your pet, please click here. To arrange an appointment or discuss your pet, please contact me on 07410411461 or book a visit online up to 1 day in advance.
*While stocks last.