- by Dr Md Shiyad K K
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- Dec 21 2017
Is your pet suffering from arthritis?
With age, just like us, our pets are also prone to arthritis. It is a very common ailment mostly among older pets but sometimes affect young ones too. Just like humans, there are some common symptoms among pets too:
- Depending on which joints and legs are arthritic, your pet will favour the leg that isn’t painful which will cause limping. In some cases the limp initially gets worse but reduces after the pet warms up.
- Arthritis causes a lot of joint pains and discomfort which slows down your pet. They become reluctant to do things which were easy and regular activities in the past like climbing a flight of stairs or jumping onto beds.
- The hind legs get affected causing lameness and arthritis affects the spine as well which can cause hunching or other abnormal posture changes.
- Due to the rising pain, they tend to get tired easily. This shortens their walks and they begin to spend more time sleeping or just resting due to fatigue.
- The pain also makes them easily irritable and aggressive as sometimes petting in a certain place can hurt them which makes them react.
- Muscle atrophy is a condition that kills muscle tissues. This condition arises due to lack of activity and use of the muscles which makes the atrophied muscles look much thinner and weaker.
- As the joint become increasingly painful. Pets tend to lick and chew in painful areas which causes skin inflammation and patchy hair fall.
It is common among pet owners to think their pet has slowed down due to age but in-fact the inactivity might be due to arthritic pain which could be hard to spot. If you think your pet might be suffering from arthritis, it is best to consult your vet. Although the condition is not curable, an expert can suggest many treatments that can ease symptoms and reduce the pain your pet goes through.
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