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Help identifying signs of pain in older pets that are often mistaken for old age, take our quizzes or watch the video to see if your pet is suffering from mobility related pain.

Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of pain and disability in dogs.


Out of the 8.5m dogs in the UK, 1.7m will develop arthritis and, unfortunately, it goes unrecognised and untreated in the majority of cases.


In a recent (2002) Study in Cats, 90% of Cats over 12 years of age had evidence of degenerative joint disease, but cats are masters of hiding discomfort and pain, so often do not demonstrate obvious signs that you might expect.


Would you know if your pet was in discomfort or pain?


What signs would indicate the onset of arthritis or other leg pain?


How do you know if your pet is slowing down because of old age or because they are in pain?


We can answer these questions for you and provide appropriate remedies at our Mobility Clinics.


Common reactions from our Clients after their pet has received treatment for muscoskeletal pain are:


"He (dog) has started playing with his toys again and acting the fool in the garden. We hadn't even realised he had stopped doing this but, looking back, he stopped months ago. We realise now that he must have been in pain all that time."


"She (Cat) is no longer having little accidents outside of the litter tray and she is using her scratching post again. Obviously she was too painful before to always hop over the lip of the litter tray or stand on her back legs to scratch at the post."


"He (dog) is able to walk up the stairs again and jump in the back of the car by himself. We don't have to help him anymore, which saves our backs too!"


"I thought he was just getting old, but since starting the tablets he's back to having two walks a day again"


It is these subtle signs, often unnoticed or put down to old age, which can tell us that our friends are uncomfortable and would benefit from some help. A simple consultation, involving a chat with you and a clinical examination of your pet, can tell us a great deal and, if necessary, to provide pain relief in one form or another.


We have many treatments and management options available for mobility related pain, and will tailor a programme of care to your pet's needs. Options include:


*  Weight Management

*  Diet & Dietary Supplements

*  Anti-inflammatory drugs

*  Other pain relieving drugs

*  Environmental enrichment (soft beds, ramps etc)

*  Acupuncture

*  Hydrotherapy

*  Exercise programmes


We would be delighted to discuss these with you. Contact the Practice today on 01492 877049 to book your appointment.


We have designed some simple questionnaires to help you indentify the common signs of joint pain, you can click on these below:






Cat Quiz – Mobility Behaviour Cat Quiz – Mobility Movement Dog Quiz – Mobility Movement Dog Quiz – Mobility Behaviour

Please also take time to watch our video below: