Cooler weather effects most of us, leading to stiffer joints and muscles, trouble rising and an increase in levels of lameness.
If your dog, or cat (or rabbit or pet sheep, goat or horse) is finding it more difficult than usual to get up or down from rest they may be suffering from arthritis.
Whilst most people associate osteoarthritis with age, it needs to be noted that osteoarthritis is not a disease exclusive to old age. Many dogs are predisposed to development of osteoarthritis due to previous trauma, size (such as larger breed dogs), genetics and breeding, and excess weight.
Many options are currently available as aids and treatment options to help with the management of osteoarthritis. Please contact Vet Centre for help in managing your pet’s arthritis.