A recent study by Animal Friends has found that the numbers of dogs suffering from arthritis has more than tripled since 2015.
You can tell if your pet has arthritis by looking for the following symptoms:
• Overt lameness in a limb
• Swelling or thickness of the joint
• Widespread stiffness
• Slow to get up
• Reduced mobility
The study found that the cause of this rise was increasing levels of obesity among pets. Excess weight greatly increases a pet’s risk of arthritis. An estimated one in three dogs are obese and one in four cats.
Carrying excess weight puts more stress on joints and can lead to painful inflammation. In turn, if a pet’s joints are painful, they’ll want to walk, run and jump less and so will struggle to lose the extra weight.
The breeds most at risk are Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Greyhounds, Boxers and Rottweilers.
Treatments can include:
• A weight management programme
• Joint supplements
• Pain killers
Clockhouse can discuss a weight management programme with you. We stock the Nature’s Menu raw pet food range which could help you manage your pet’s weight.
Our vets can advise you on the best course of action, which could include medication or physiotherapy, whether your pet has arthritis or you just want to manage their weight to reduce their risk of developing the disease in the future.