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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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When I discuss the possibility that a cat might be suffering from a food allergy, owners will often say "that's not possible, I changed his food and he didn't get any better." This has no effect on my tentative diagnosis for a couple of reasons: Credit: Thinkstock 1. The chance that the food change removed the ingredients most commonly associated with food allergies is slim. 2. Even if the ingredient list looks appropriate, over the counter foods are often mislabeled. The most common ingredients associated with food allergies in cats are, in descending order: 1. beef 2. dairy products 3. fish 4. lamb 5. wheat 6. chicken 7. corn gluten/corn 8. egg Cats can be allergic to one or more of...