Arthritis and stiffness in the cooler, damper weather.
We have been seeing many more cases of arthritis and stiffness recently as the cooler, damper weather can make joints more painful. Older animals definitely find the winter months harder and if you have noticed that your pet is less mobile there are many treatment options that can make them feel more comfortable.
If your dog is stiff after sleeping or exercise or your cat is no longer climbing their favourite tree they could well be developing arthritis, which is very painful.
Osteoarthritis is also known as degenerative joint disease (DJD) and is very common in middle-aged or older pets. It can unfortunately also occur in younger animals if they have developmental joint problems such as hip or elbow dysplasia. DJD is associated with damage to the cartilage that lines joints and causes lameness, pain and swelling of the affected joint with reduced mobility. Once a joint has DJD it cannot be cured. The goal of treatment is to decrease pain, minimise lameness, improve mobility and provide a good quality of life for affected patients. There are many treatment options which can greatly help your pet, and we can discuss with you the best options for your specific pet.
We can provide courses of treatment to relieve pain and inflammation, and can offer guidance on diet and weight control to minimise extra strain on joints. We can also provide dietary supplements and advice on gentle exercise and hydrotherapy as well as weekly injections which protect damaged cartilage and inhibit further damage. There are many options available and many people comment that their pets behave like puppies and kittens again after treatment.