Osteoarthritis– O yes that is most probably what happens to all pets older than 8 years of age.
If your dog doesn’t jump to greet you on your return home after work, or the cat no longer plays with their favourite mouse toy, they may be suffering from osteoartritic pain.
Osteoarthritis is a chronic painful disease of the joints that causes degeneration of joint cartilage. Most of our dogs and cats suffer from some sort of osteoarthritis as early as their middle years (5-7 years of age).
Because it is a degenerative disease it causes further damage to the joints as time progress. Studies show that certain breeds are more prone to the disease than others, but more or less 20% of all dogs older than 8 years of age suffer from some sort of arthritic disease.
Unfortunately there is no cure for osteoarthritis, but there is some drugs to relief pain effectively as well as naturally derived cartilage protecting supplements that is very effective when used as long term treatment. There is even some dog and cat foods available which contain these cartilage protecting supplements.
Signs that might suggest your pet is suffering from osteoarthritis include the following:
- Difficulty in walking, climbing stairs or slowly rising when was lying down.
- Resting more than usual.
- Overall decrease in activity
- Slow and stiff movements after lying down or in cold weather
- Cats failing in grooming themselves or difficulty in getting in and out of the sandbox
- Swollen joints
- Your pet do not like to be touched anymore, might became aggressive towards children when they want to play with the pet
- Chronic limping
If you notice some of these signs do not think your pet is slowing down because of old age. In fact your pet might be in pain.
Take it to your Veterinary Clinic for advice on how to treat the pain and cartilage protection supplements that can be used to good effect for your pet, it will improve the pets quality of life.