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Understanding Arthritis in Our Pets: Expert Insights from Dr. Ashleigh
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1 May 2024

Understanding Arthritis in Our Pets: Expert Insights from Dr. Ashleigh

Understanding Arthritis in Pets: Expert Insights from Dr. Ashleigh

Arthritis, a condition commonly associated with ageing, affects not only humans but also our beloved pets. As a responsible pet owner, it's essential to recognise the signs and symptoms of arthritis in your furry companions and take proactive steps to manage their condition. In this blog post, we'll delve into the world of arthritis in pets and provide expert insights from Dr. Ashleigh at Highfields Vet.

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a degenerative joint disease characterised by inflammation, pain, and stiffness in the joints. It can affect dogs and cats of all ages, although it's more commonly seen in older pets. Arthritis can significantly impact your pet's quality of life, making it essential to address the condition promptly.

Signs and Symptoms of Arthritis:

Recognising the signs of arthritis in your pet is the first step toward providing them with the care they need. Some common signs and symptoms of arthritis include:

? Reluctance to engage in physical activities, such as walking, running, or jumping

? Limping or favouring one leg over the other

? Stiffness, especially after periods of rest

? Difficulty rising from a lying or sitting position

? Behavioural changes, such as increased irritability or aggression

? Swelling or heat in the affected joints

? Managing Arthritis in Pets

While arthritis is a progressive condition with no cure, there are several ways to manage your pet's symptoms and improve their quality of life.

Dr. Ashleigh recommends the following strategies:

1. Weight Management: Maintaining a healthy weight is crucial for pets with arthritis, as excess weight can exacerbate joint pain and inflammation.

2. Low-Impact Exercise: Engage your pet in low-impact activities, such as swimming or gentle walks, to help strengthen their muscles and maintain mobility.

3. Joint Supplements: Consider adding joint supplements, such as glucosamine and chondroitin, to your pet's diet to support joint health and reduce inflammation.

4. Pain Management: Work with your veterinarian to develop a pain management plan tailored to your pet's specific needs. This may include medications, acupuncture, or laser therapy.

5. Environmental Modifications: Adjust your pet's environment to reduce strain on their joints, such as providing orthopaedic bedding or installing ramps for easier access to elevated surfaces.

Consultation with Dr. Ashleigh:

If you suspect that your pet may be suffering from arthritis or if you have any concerns about their joint health, don't hesitate to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ashleigh at Highfields Vet. Our compassionate team provides personalised care and support for pets with arthritis, helping them live their best lives despite their condition.

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