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Guest Blog ImageIn my Guest Blog: Keeping Your Dogs Feet Healthy, I mentioned that if you keep your pets’ nails and pad hair trimmed short this will aid in the prevention of premature arthritis.

Today, I want to share the warning signs that your pet might be suffering from arthritis or an injury in their feet.

  • 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 becomes less noticeable as your pet “warms up” by moving around.
  • thDifficulty Moving: Your pet may also become reluctant to do things that were previously easy for him to accomplish.  For instance, your dog may find it difficult to get in and out of the car or may have difficulty going up and down stairs that were previously easily manageable.  Arthritic cats, on the other hand, may stop jumping onto counter-tops, perches and other high areas because of the pain and discomfort.

 

  • Spinal Issues: Arthritic changes can occur not only in the legs but also in the various parts of the spine.  These changes may result in a sore neck, an abnormal posture with a “hunch” in the back, or lameness of one or both hind legs.
  • Tiredness: Your pet may tire more easily,  For dogs, this may mean that walks become shorter and more painful for your pet. You pet may spend more time sleeping and/or resting.
  • Irritability: Arthritic animals may become irritable.  They may snap and/or bite when approached or handled, particularly if the petting or handling takes place in a manner that increases their pain.Dog_licking_foot
  • Muscle Atrophy: Arthritic pets often develop muscle atrophy or dying off of the muscle tissue due to inactivity and decreased use of the muscles.  A pet with atrophied muscles in their legs will have a leg which looks thinner than a normal leg.
  • Licking, Chewing and/or Biting: Pets affected with arthritis may also begin to lick at, chew or bite at body areas that are painful.  This may even reach the point of causing inflamed skin and hair loss over affected areas.

We never want to see your four-legged loved ones in pain.  So, help to prevent it by keeping their feet healthy!!

Nail Clipping, Filing and Pad Trims are available as a Walk-in Service at The UpScale Tail during normal business hours.  Monday – Friday: 7:30 – 5:00 pm and Saturdays: 8:00 – 3:00 pm.  Feel free to call us if you have any questions (630) 632-8245, stop in or visit us online at www.theupscaletail.com.

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