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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...

Since May has been proclaimed Arthritis Awareness Month, it seems a good time to discuss the issue of arthritis in a place you might not expect to find it - your cat. When I started practicing veterinary medicine over 20 years ago, we (the veterinary profession) believed that dogs frequently suffered from arthritis but cats rarely did. However, in the past 10-15 years, we've come to realize that this assumption is simply not true. We believe now that cats suffer from arthritis much more commonly than we previously realized. In fact, a 2002 study showed us that 90% of cats over 12 years of age showed evidence of arthritis on radiographs (x-rays). A more recent (2011) study revealed 61% of...

Have you seen the video of the otter playing basketball? He has arthritis, and his veterinarian recommended he get more exercise to help keep his joints as healthy as possible. The otter's caretakers came up with the ingenious idea of training him to dunk a basketball. I bring up the otter video, not just because it'll put a smile on your face, but also because it serves as a good reminder of the importance of exercise in the treatment of arthritis. The old phrase "use it or lose it" certainly applies. There's no doubt that an arthritic joint is painful, and our natural reaction is to avoid the activities that cause the pain. We treat our pets in the same way. If it hurts a dog to go...

Common Health Conditions in Senior Dogs

As with people, certain diseases become more likely as dogs age. Kidney disease, heart disease, cancer and diabetes are among the ones that are of greatest concern. RELATED: Most Common Health Conditions in Senior Cats ...

13 Most Prevalent Dog Illnesses & How to Prevent Them

Over 150 years ago, the first case of E.P.I., exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, was discovered in dogs. While it isn't extremely common, the occurrence of this illness has increased in recent years. According to the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University, nearly 8,000 dogs in the United States are…

Living with an Arthritic Senior Cat

Living with a senior cat has rewards as well as challenges that are a bit different than those encountered when living with a younger cat. Pain is, of course, something we don't want to see in any of our pets. However, senior cats are more likely to develop conditions and illnesses that create pain and discomfort. Arthritis is a common but often unrecognized disorder in older cats. In one study, 90 percent of cats over 12 years of age showed radiographic (X-ray) evidence of arthritis. Unfortunately, recognizing arthritis in cats is challenging at best. Many of our cats hide their pain very effectively. While we may sometimes see our older cat limping or favoring one leg or another,...