Arthritis in Pets
Your pets joints are covered in cartilage which is in a constant state of being broken down, produced and replaced...
In winter, older pets can sometimes struggle with aching joints. It's important as pet parents to keep a watchful eye on our furry companions and ensure we take action as soon as we notice any change in behaviour.
What is Osteoarthritis in pets?
Your pets joints are covered in cartilage which is in a constant state of being broken down, produced and replaced. In unhealthy joints, the production of new cartilage is slower than the breaking down. This causes an imbalance in your pets joints, making it harder for them to move, causing pain and discomfort.
What are the symptoms?
- Reduced range of joint motion
- No longer wants to go on walks, or walk as far
- Difficulty climbing stairs, getting into bed etc
- Limping or lameness
- Changes in personality
- Difficulty getting up in the mornings
What are some factors of Oestoarthritis in pets?
- All dogs no matter their size can develop arthritis
- Overweight or obese pets are more likely to show symptoms
- Injuries can contribute and make a hotspot for arthritis to form
- Active or working dogs are more likely to develop arthritis
- Older dogs become more likely to develop it as they age
How can you help ease joint pain?
There are many things you can do to aid your pet in his golden years, and make things a little easier. The first is bringing them indoors, and giving them supportive and comfortable bedding. Their bedding should be fleecy or have blankets to help keep them warm. Cold joints are more likely to ache.
Your pet's diet fuels their health, so be sure to feed them a high quality food daily. Introducing supplements is one of the best ways to promote healthy joints as you are more likely to see good results.
Reducing excess fat on your pet can help relieve weight off the joints. Consider talking to your vet about your pet's ideal weight and strive to reach that goal. A slight change in diet can help reduce your pet's weight and add relief for their joints.
- Supportive Bedding
- Topdog Osteo Beds
- Memory Sleeper Beds
- Jackets and Heat Pads
- Check out our range of Winter coats here
- Specialty Pet Foods