Arthritis in Senior Pets
Arthritis causes pain
How can I tell if my pet has joint pain?
The following are symptoms your pet might show if there is joint pain:
Change in behaviour
Slowing down or getting tired quicker
Difficulty jumping, climbing stairs or running
Difficulty getting up from a lying position
Stiffness, limping or altered gait
Licking of a joint
Reluctance to play
Arthritis is the inflammatory process that causes pain in joints. It starts very subtle and then gets worse over time, just like a snowball effect. As the snowball gets bigger and bigger your pet will experience more pain and eventually start limping.
Start Treatment Early
It is important to start with treatment the moment you notice any of the seven symptoms mentioned above. The earlier in the arthritic process you start with treatment the better the results. At Hilton Vet Hospital, our arthritis treatment is aimed at keeping our senior pets as pain free and comfortable as possible. They have been loyal to us as pet parents for many years, now is the time to reward them by making sure their final years are pain free and comfortable.
The aim of the treatment is to slow down the degenerative effect of the arthritis in the joints. (Slow down the snowball effect.)
Aim of treatment for Arthritis in Pets:
Slow down the progress of arthritis
Improve the cartilage and inside of joint
Keep your pet mobile and pain free
Prevent loss of muscle mass
Treatment of Arthritis in Pets
ZYDAX acts in multiple ways:
Stimulates the regeneration of cartilage cells
Inhibits the destructive enzymes that damage cartilage
Stimulates joint capsule cells to produce lubricating joint fluid
Reduces swelling and blocks inflammatory processes
Improves blood flow and nutrition to joint structures
Supportive Arthritis Treatment for Senior Pets
Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulphate
Green Lipped Mussel
Mobility Diets. (Natural Balance Mobility. Royal Canine mobility)
Blood Tests and Age related diseases
It is important to diagnose age related disease as early as possible. This way we can start treatment or support the organs involved. The earlier we start the better the outcome.
Recommendation: annual blood test from the age of 7 years onwards.
With our in-house Idexx Laboratory we can run the blood tests while you wait.
What do we test for?
Thyroid gland function
Red blood and white blood cell counts
If your pet show any of these symptoms it is very important to get a blood test done to find out the underlying cause.
Call us to book your appointment at Hilton Vet Hospital today.
Signs of age related disease:
Here is a list of common senior pet symptoms and their possible causes.