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Does Your Pet Hurt?
Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative arthritis, degenerative joint disease, or osteoarthrosis, is a type of joint disease that results from breakdown of joint cartilage. Subtle changes may include stiffness of the joint, swelling of joints, inability to exercise, or general “slowing “down. As these changes progress you might begin to notice a loss of muscle mass, weight gain, and complete exercise intolerance. September is National Animal Pain Awareness Month, in an effort to help pet parents monitor their pets we have put together this informational paper to help you.
Over 30% of adult dogs show some form of arthritic changes. These changes start as little things such as not wanting to walk as far or play as hard, slowness to rise or lay down, grunting or groaning while adjusting their positioning, or just a general decrease in activity. This may progress to not wanting to go up or down stairs, not playing with favorite toys, not greeting owners when they come home, and not jumping up onto furniture (couches or beds to sleep at night). Owners may also notice a change in nail length and wearing on their paws as dogs try to adjust the way they walk to ease discomfort. Dogs will also lie down instead of standing for periods of time or may be content to just lay in the yard instead of chasing down the pesky squirrel or rabbit that taunts them.
Back to School
It’s that time of year. The weather is getting a touch cooler, the days are getting shorter, and the school year is just about to begin. Your children are not the only ones in for a big change; your pets will also be subject to a big change.
The back to school blues can affect your pets just as much as they affect your kids. Our furry kids have spent every day of the last three months playing with their favorite humans. Now, they have to spend the day without them. Dogs and cats can go through a separation anxiety of sorts when the schedule changes so abruptly. They may become depressed, have accidents in the house, not eat as well, or become destructive. When they are faced with days without anything to do they may panic and revert to some misbehaving. There are some easy solutions to this problem. Try giving your pet a favorite toy when the kids leave as a special treat, leave a radio or TV on for some an additional diversion, or confine them to a comfortable room or crate. They will adjust back to the school schedule; they just might need a little extra TLC.
Nutrition, the Fifth Vital Assessment
Over 60% of the pet population is overweight or obese. It’s no small wonder given the incredible selection of pet foods and treats available in this day and age. There are a few simple ways you can determine if your beloved pet has a lot to love, a little to love, or just the right amount. Once you can determine the risk for your pet then you can address it.
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