Meet Jackson

Jackson is a 7-year-old, Bull Arab x, owned and loved by nurse Vanessa. Jackson visited Dr. Natasha last month for his first senior health check.

As our pet’s age it is important to keep an eye on their physical and mental health. Six monthly check ups and regular blood tests are recommended to ensure our furry friends are living their best life.

Arthritis is a common issue amongst our ageing furry companions (both cats and dogs). It can occur in any joint throughout their body as it is caused by the cartilage deteriorating and the loss of lubricating joint fluid; thus causing the bones to rub against each other. Did you know that carrying a few extra kilos can make arthritis worse? As our furry friends age and become less mobile, there can be an increase in weight. This increase in weight puts extra pressure on the joints that can lead to pain and discomfort. Therefore it is important that our friends follow a strict diet suitable to their age and energy requirements.

Arthritis can be treated with a range of supplements and medications recommended by the vet. Below are a few of the most common symptoms associated with arthritis:
• Reluctance to walk, jump or play
• Reduced activity
• Stiffness or slow when trying to stand or sit
• Yelping when touched
• Licking of joints
• Cruching or clicking sound when joints are moved

Contact our friendly team on (07) 3200 6045 to discuss your pets arthritis or book in a senior health check!