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This February - Free Microchip when your pet is neutered!

We all know it's important to neuter and microchip pets - so this month when your pet is neutered we'll microchip them for free.

Just call to book your pet's neutering or do it online!

During November we brought you FREE Arthritis Checks and, if appropriate, a trial of medication for your cat, dog or rabbit. 

Arthritis is common in our pets and causes suffering. This month find out if your pet needs help. Call 01525 373329 to book your free appointment or book online.

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a term for inflammation in one or more joints. This causes stiffness, pain and discomfort, particularly after resting. Wear and tear throughout your pet’s life can damage the cartilage covering of their joints, leaving areas on the underlying bone exposed. New, irregular bone may develop around the joint, which becomes sore, swollen and inflamed, and the range of movement may be reduced.

Joints that have been damaged in a previous injury are especially prone to becoming arthritic a few years down the line. Dogs with specific problems such as hip and elbow dysplasia often also start showing signs of arthritis at a surprisingly young age.

Arthritis in cats and rabbits is common, particularly as they age. You may notice your pet is less inclined to jump up, hunt or groom and spends increasing amounts of time sleeping.

Why is it important?

Once arthritis has started, it cannot be cured, but if we notice the signs early and manage it carefully, we can slow down the progression of the disease and greatly reduce the symptoms.

Animals can’t grumble about their aches and pains, but arthritis causes ongoing pain in our dogs and cats, in the same way that it does in people.  It is important to recognise the problem so that it can be addressed, to allow your pet to have a good quality of life.

What are the telltale signs?

  • Limping or stiffness (even just for a few steps), especially after a period of rest.
  • Difficulty with stairs.
  • Becoming less keen to go for walks.
  • Playing less.
  • Trouble getting to his or her feet.
  • Excessive licking of limbs or feet.
  • Change in character (anxious, restless, withdrawn, clingy or grumpy).
  • Change in appetite.
  • Panting in dogs.
  • Poor hair coat in cats

How is arthritis diagnosed?

Examination by a veterinary surgeon together with the owner's description of the symptoms is often all that is needed to diagnose arthritis and identify which joints are affected.  X-rays may be recommended to give extra information, confirm the diagnosis and rule out other problems.

Then what?

All pets who have been diagnosed with Arthritis are referred to our free Arthritis Clinic where we can be sure that we are doing everything possible to help your pet. Simple adjustments to day to day life can make all the difference and we can let you know about all the ways you can help your pet to stay comfortably mobile. Your Veterinary Surgeon may prescrive anti-inflammatory drugs to help your pet's comfort.

What else can i do to find out if my dog is slowing up?

Find out if your dog may actually be suffering from arthritis - print out a Symptoms Checklist PDF and bring it with you to your next appointment to show your Vet or Vet Nurse.

For more information on Arthritis in dogs including free videos you may like to visit the independent websiteArthritis Dogs.

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