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7 Signs of Arthritis in Pets

Arthritis is one of the most common ailments seen in middle-aged to older pets. Even younger dogs and cats, under the right circumstances, can suffer from arthritic changes. Arthritis causes changes within the affected joints that are painful for the affected pet. This pain is responsible for many of the signs associated with arthritis. Here are seven of those common signs. Credit: Associated Press 1. LIMPING You may see your pet limping or favoring one or more of his legs, depending on which legs and which joints are arthritic. In some cases, the limp may seem worse when your pet first rises and become less noticeable as your pet "warms up" by moving around. RELATED: Kennel Cough in...

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A senior dog has different health requirements than a younger dog. Here are some tips to help you keep your senior pet healthy. Credit: Getty Creative 1. DON'T FORGET THE HEALTH CHECK-UPS Make sure your senior dog has regular visits with your veterinarian. In fact, many veterinarians recommend that senior dogs should be examined twice a year, even more so if the dog has serious health issues. A thorough physical examination by your veterinarian may reveal health issues that can impact your pet's life and comfort level, such as dental disease, arthritis, heart disease, kidney disease and more. RELATED: Vaccines and Your Puppy 2. NOTE ANY BEHAVIOR CHANGES IN YOUR DOG Watch your senior...

When veterinarians discuss the pros and cons of spaying and neutering dogs, the choice is presented as an either/or decision. This isn't surprising. While an intact dog can always be spayed or neutered later, once these surgeries have been performed they cannot be reversed. But what if a third alternative existed? Credit: Getty Creative In fact, it already does. Implants containing the drug deslorelin acetate are approved for bringing about "temporary infertility" in male dogs in Australia, New Zealand and Europe but have also successfully been used in females in an off label manner. The implant is about the size of a grain of rice and is placed under the skin. The deslorelin acetate it...