Maintaining your pet’s flexibility and mobility makes for a happier, healthier animal and better quality time for you and your pet!

Speak to one of our Pet Health Centre experts about your pets joint health requirements.

  • Arthritis is a painful, degenerative disease that affects about 1 in 5 older dogs
  • Obesity in dogs and cats is a leading contributor to joint pain
  • Not exercising your pet can lead to stiffness and joint discomfort
  • Without a correctly balanced diet too much or too little essential nutrients can lead joint issues
  • The correct, balanced puppy and kitten food is essential for providing the correct amount of nutrients to your young pets joints
  • Over feeding your puppy increases their growth but also leads to stress on their joints
  • Laying on hard surfaces (tiles and wooden floors) can increase joint pain and stiffness in your pet
  • Over strenuous exercise in puppies can lead to later joint issues
  • Accidental injuries when young and not treated properly may lead to pain in the future for your pet as well as mobility issues
  • Many breeds have a genetic predisposition to joint and mobility issues and these breeds should be monitored carefully throughout their life
  • About 4 out of 5 cats aged 12 years and over experiencing joint problems. The joint cartilage wears away faster than it can be replaced, which gives your cat pain and reduces its mobility
  • Diet supplements and joint health specific foods can help to stave off joint problems and treat existing issues
  • If necessary vets can provide injections and medications to ease joint pain

Symptoms your pet suffers from joint pain

General symptoms may include:

  • Difficulty or slowness in getting up or down
  • Becoming less playful, running less, or decreased general activity levels
  • Reluctance to jump up or climb into cars or up stairs
  • Lameness or limping in the affected leg or legs
  • Reluctance to put weight on a leg
  • Having stiff, sore or swollen joints
  • Favouring a limb
  • Sensitivity when touched in the affected area
  • Discomfort when sitting or standing
  • Behaviour changes

What are the causes of mobility problems in cats and dogs?

  • Lack of proper bone development in young pets, particularly dogs.
  • Incorrectly balanced diets and diets not containing the required essential nutrients for joint health
  • Obesity puts extra weight on your pet’s joints, which affect its mobility.
  • Wear and tear caused from such simple activities as walking, running and jumping.
  • Strenuous or repetitive activities, or unfit dogs engaging in sudden strenuous activity
  • Traumatic injuries can result in joint instability.
  • Genetic abnormalities like weakness or unstable joints.

Speak to one of our Pet Health Centre experts about your pets joint health requirements.

Common joint problems in dogs

  • Arthritis In Dogs - Arthritis is a general term for abnormal changes in the joints, which occur when cartilage (which cushions and protects the bones) is worn away faster than it can be replaced
  • Hip Dysplasia In Dogs (Abnormal Development) - Hip Dysplasia directly affects a dog’s hip joints – the bone structure that holds a dog’s body together with its hind limbs.  This condition starts during a dog’s growing stages. It leads to improperly developed hip joints, which operate abnormally, result in improper alignment and lead to wearing of the bones and arthritis.
  • Joint Degeneration Ocd In Dogs (Osteochondritis Dissecans) - Osteochondritis is an abnormal development of the cartilage on the end of a bone in the joint. It occurs when the diseased cartilage separates from the underlying bone and most commonly affects the shoulder joint, although the elbow, hip, or knee may also be involved.
  • Ligament Injury In Dogs - Ligament injury is one of the most common causes of hind limb lameness in animals and is extremely painful. The ligament connects the bones above and below the knee and essentially stabilises the knee joint. A tear or rupture leads to joint swelling, pain and instability in the knee joint. If left untreated it will cause lameness in the affected rear leg and chronic irreversible degenerative joint changes.
  • Luxating Patella In Dogs - When the structures that make up your pet’s knees are misaligned or misshapen, a problem called ‘trick knee’ or patellar luxation often occurs. Ask our pet experts for more information.

Common joint problems in cats

Mobility problems in cats are very common. The most common joint problems suffered by cats include Osteoarthritis and Degenerative Joint Disease.

If your cat has joint problems, the first thing you will notice is a reduced ability or willingness to jump up or down from heights, increased sleep, difficulty going up or down stairs, problems negotiating the litter box and poor grooming. Your cat will also purr less and won’t interact with you as much.

Keep your pet healthy and in good physical condition – prevention is better than cure!
Join health for dogs and cats is important. Well-conditioned pets are better able to avoid injuries, because their joints and bones are protected from potential risks by strong surrounding muscles.

You can help them with:

  • Weight management and a good diet.
  • Giving your pet regular, moderate exercise.
  • Being smart with exercise: just like humans – not too little and not too much and warm up first