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Bones, Muscles and Joints: Keep Your Pet Moving and Grooving!

Musculoskeletal diseases, conditions that involve bones, muscles and joints, can affect pets of all ages. They experience aches and pains like we do. Unfortunately, sometimes this is difficult to spot because the symptoms are not very obvious.

 

Think about your furry friend for a moment – has their ability to move changed?

Have they stopped jumping on you when they greet you at the door?

Have they stopped perching on the window sill?

When they move do they have a limp, abnormal gait, or loss of movements?

Is your pet acting “old?”

 

There can be a host of reasons for changes in their activity level. Some factors, such as the weather, may result in minor, short term changes. However, other factors, such as age, injury, or disease, can impact your pet’s movement more dramatically, and for longer periods of time.

How severely your pet’s movement is impaired depends on the type and severity of the problem. Skeletal and joint disorders are the most common, however, musculoskeletal issues can also indicate diseases of the muscles, neurologic problems, toxins in the body, hormonal imbalances, metabolic disorders, infectious diseases, blood disorders, poor nutrition, birth defects and/or arthritis.

The good news is we have ways to prevent, cure or manage these conditions, so your pet can continue to have a good quality of life. We are committed to the well-being of your pet for their lifetime. If you notice changes in your pet’s activity level, don’t hesitate! Call and book an appointment with your veterinarian. We want to ensure your pet is playing, moving and cuddling the best they can!

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