The 6 signs of mobility problems
Get up, run, jump
If your pet has trouble getting up from rest or seems stiff after a long nap, this may indicate joint problems, particularly in the hip and elbow. Did your cat have a favorite place to snooze when he was young? Cats love high places, but you may notice that your cat now uses a chair to jump up, or slowly stretches down before jumping off. Or maybe she chose a completely different place. These are all signs that your pet is having trouble jumping and needs help.
fatigue and inactivity
It may seem like your pet is getting lazy as they age, but if they're having a hard time keeping up on walks or are starting to avoid the yard, it's time to think about encouraging mobility in your furry friend. Cats typically sleep around 15 hours a day, but if that time is slowly increasing, it could be a sign that they're having a hard time exercising. Dogs and cats of all ages should be playful. When they lose their momentum, it's your job to help them find their inner puppy or kitten.
This may seem obvious, but the signs of lameness can be very subtle, especially when it occurs on both sides of your pet's body. Notice if your pet prefers one leg over the other. Do you nod your head when you walk? This could indicate a problem in their front legs. If your pet spares one leg more than the other when standing, or sits sideways instead of straight, this could also be a sign of a problem.
Stairs are a great test of your pet's mobility. Young pets usually climb stairs at lightning speed. Watch your pet closely - how is it moving now? Is he slow, hesitant, or showing signs that he finds climbing stairs uncomfortable? Does it hunchback when coming down, or prefer one leg over the other? Paying attention to how your pet moves up and down stairs is a great way to keep track of your pet's long-term mobility.
When you have stiff joints, self-care can be a challenge. It can be a little tricky to get into those hard-to-reach places and your pet may look less groomed. However, if your pet is grooming one joint more than others, it could indicate a problem at that point. For cats, squatting in the litter box can be a challenge, and they may have mishaps or do their business in unusual places. Your dog may have trouble crouching or raising its leg. Problems with urination can also lead to problems with the urinary tract. If you notice these signs, you should have your pet checked out by your veterinarian.
Nobody wants to be dragged around when they're feeling stiff. If your pet is unusually grumpy or aggressive when petted, this may be an attempt to let you know that they are having problems. Are they louder or do they avoid the usual pats? Any change in behavior could indicate that your pet needs help.
By catching mobility issues early, you can support your pet's joint health and improve their quality of life. Daily administration of AntinolⓇ will help keep your pet's happiness on the move.