Ripon vet group’s autumn campaign to treat pet arthritis
Tackling arthritis in pets is the main focus of an autumn campaign launched by Bishopton Veterinary Group in Ripon.
The group said that arthritis was an extremely common condition in cats and dogs.
A spokesman for the group said: “It’s been estimated that around 20 percent of all adult dogs in the UK are affected by arthritis, whilst between 60-90 percent of cats over 12 years old have evidence of arthritis on x-rays! Sadly arthritis is often underdiagnosed, with pets then suffering their pain in silence.”
They added: “The arthritis commonly found in our pets is also known as Osteoarthritis (OA) or Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD). Arthritis is a painful degenerative disease of the joints which results from excessive wear and tear on the joints.
“The movement restriction and pain this causes reduce your pet’s mobility, and impact on quality of life. Any joint can be affected by arthritis, but the most common are elbows, hips, stifles (knees) and spine.”
The group said many cases of arthritis in pets go unnoticed by owners – not because their owners don’t care, but because the affected cats and dogs adapt their lifestyle and activities and disguise their suffering. Some of the key early signs of arthritis are easy to put down to laziness, or simply the natural slowing down of old age. These are just some of the signs which can indicate arthritis: lameness; less active/laziness; reduced agility, reluctance to play; grumpiness, irritability, clinginess or detachment, sleeping/lying down more; reduced grooming (cats) and licking joints. If you are concerned your pet may be showing any of the signs of arthritis listed above, they advise that you see your vet for a check-up.