Managing arthritis in dogs and cats

Depending on your dog’s breed, the average canine lifespan is between 10–13 years. However, larger breeds including Great Danes, St Bernards, Shar Peis and Mastiffs, generally have shorter lifespans, averaging less than 7 years. The average domestic feline lifespan is between 10–15 years.

As your pet gets older, they slow down and their needs change. Consideration needs to be given to their diet, dental hygiene, exercise routines and living conditions. Regular check ups with our friendly veterinarians are a good idea.

At Blue & White Veterinary Clinic in Coffs Harbour and Woolgoolga, we provide senior pet care for dogs and cats. We can determine your pet’s ideal body weight, offer nutrition advice and check for underlying diseases. Contact us today to make an appointment with at our vet clinic.

Arthritis Management

Osteoarthritis is common in cats and dogs in their senior years. We believe early intervention is integral to managing arthritis in pets. Dietary changes and nutritional supplements can help with weight control, inflammation, preventing oxidative joint damage and improving nutrition for damaged cartilage.

How do you know if your pet has arthritis?

Arthritis affects joints, making it painful to move. Common symptoms of arthritis includes:

  • Reduced activity, movement and more reluctant to play
  • Limb stiffness
  • Difficulty getting up
  • Limping
  • Fatigue
  • Increased aggression, especially when handled
  • Excessive licking or chewing
  • Reduced appetite

While arthritis cannot be cured, we can help manage the pain and improve your pet’s quality of life. Contact us immediately if you suspect your pet is suffering from arthritis or appears to be in pain.

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