We are doing a really exciting clinical trial project on arthritic patients which will commence at Easter, due to this you will have to let us know your dog can participate by the 20th March at the latest. We are looking for dog owners whose dogs showing the following symptoms:
- Difficulty Moving
- Spinal Issues
- Muscle Atrophy
- Licking, Chewing & Biting
- The trial will be conducted at Pride Veterinary Centre
- Your pet will have a specialist orthopaedic examination
- Free full profile bloods if your dog is accepted on the trial
- Free x-ray (if easily possible)
- Forceplate measurements of gait
- 6 Weeks of free food- flex trial
Typical Symptoms to Look for in Your Dog:
You may see your pet limping or favoring one or more of his legs, depending on which legs and which joints are arthritic. In some cases, the limp may seem worse when your pet first rises and become less noticeable as your pet “warms up” by moving around.
2. Difficulty Moving
Your pet may also become reluctant to do things that were previously easy for him to accomplish. For instance, your dog may find it difficult to get into and out of the car or may have difficulty going up and down stairs that were previously easily manageable. Arthritic cats, on the other hand, may stop jumping onto countertops,
perches and other high areas because of the pain and discomfort.
3. Spinal Issues
Arthritic changes can occur not only in the legs but also in the various parts of the spine. These changes may result in a sore neck, an abnormal posture with a “hunch” in the back, or lameness of one or both hind legs.
Your pet may tire more easily. For dogs, this may mean that walks become shorter and more painful for your pet. Your pet may spend more time sleeping and/or resting.
Arthritic animals may become irritable. They may snap and/or bite when approached or handled, particularly if the petting or handling takes place in a manner that increases their pain.
6. Muscle Atrophy
Arthritic pets often develop muscle atrophy or dying off of the muscle tissue due to inactivity and decreased use of the muscles. A pet with atrophied muscles in their legs will have a leg which looks thinner than a normal leg.
7. Licking, Chewing & Biting
Pets affected with arthritis may also begin to lick at, chew or bite at body areas that are painful. This may even reach the point of causing inflamed skin and hair loss over affected areas.
If you think your dog might be suitable for this trial, please contact our reception team or call 01332 678333.