Bring back their wild side!

Pets show pain in different ways to humans. Often these signs develop over a period of time and we might be so accustomed to seeing these behaviours that we accept them as being normal or just assume its “old age”. It is worthwhile to review the lists below and evaluate your pet’s current behaviour

•Does your cat find it difficult to jump up onto a surface; and often needs to take several small jumps to compensate?
•Has your cat changed his/her normal resting spot from somewhere high to somewhere low?
•Does your cat struggle to walk without limping, especially after long periods of rest?
•Has your cat stopped grooming properly?
•Is your cat less tolerant of patting and being stroked than when he/she was younger?
•Does your cat now walk up the stairs rather than run?
The signs above are common symptoms in arthritic cats; however as many cats have a sedentary lifestyle, especially as they get older, it may be difficult to spot that they are in pain.

•Does your dog suffer from stiffness or limping, especially after lying down or going for a long walk?
•Has your dog stopped wanting to play with you, fetch a ball or go for a walk on the beach he used to love?
•Does your dog have difficulty getting in or out of the car, climbing stairs or getting up especially on slippery floors?
•Is your dog resistant to be being patted, brushed especially around the paws, legs or hips?
•Has your dog become less tolerant and even snappy around other pets and children who want to play?
•Does your dog just want to spend a lot of time lying around in the same spot and become more detached, aloof or disinterested in the family?
The signs above are common symptoms of arthritis in dogs, a painful inflammatory disease which typically strikes pets in their middle or senior years. Many cases of arthritis go undetected every year.

If you recognise any of these symptoms then be pro-active – bring in your pet for a consultation to determine whether he/she might be in pain and suffering from osteoarthritis. Thankfully with appropriate diagnosis and treatment ( drugs, nutraceuticals, diets , hydrotherapy , physiotherapy ) we can relieve pain, help improve the quality of their life and bring back their wild side!