Joint stiffness – recognising the signs
Unfortunately, ‘slowing down’ and ‘getting a bit stiffer’ are often mistakenly attributed to inevitable old age. The early stages of joint stiffness or decreased mobility in dogs and cats can be subtle and sometimes difficult to detect, so understanding what to look out for can really make all the difference…
Stiffness or limping when walking
Reduced mobility – such as reluctance to get up or lie down, particularly on colder days
Swelling on the joints
Showing difficulty when jumping into cars or climbing stairs
Changes in grooming habits, such as licking or chewing their joints
Reluctance or delay when jumping onto or off surfaces
Changes in grooming habits including matted areas of fur
Difficulty getting comfortable
Going up and down stairs becoming challenging
Toileting accidents in the house
What can I do to help?
If you spot any of these signs in your pet, don’t panic. There is plenty you can do to support the health of their joints and ease their discomfort.
The most important thing to do first is to speak to your vet. They will be able to answer any of your questions and concerns and will be able to recommend the best next steps for your pet.