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Signs of Arthritis

Signs of Arthritis

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Signs Of Arthritis In Your Pet – What To Watch Out For

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Arthritis is one of the most common ailments seen in middle-aged to older pets. Arthritis causes changes within the affected joints that are painful for the affected pet.  Here are seven common signs that your pet may be suffering from arthritis.

1. Limping

You may see your pet limping.  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, or it may only be obvious on some days like when the pet does more exercise or the weather is colder.

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.

4. Tiredness

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.

5. Irritability

Arthritic animals may become irritable. They may snap and/or bite when approached or handled.

6. Muscle Atrophy

Arthritic pets often develop muscle atrophy 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.

 

Athritis Signs

If you find that your pets are displaying some or all of these symptoms please contact us make an appointment to see one of our vets.

There are many things we can do to help our pets become more comfortable.

 

 

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Parvovirus Vaccine

Canine Parvovirus CPV-2c Strain & Vaccine

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Follow Up On Canine Parvovirus Vaccine

 

We have just received a statement from the manufacturer of the Canine Parvovirus vaccine that we hold, which states that:

“The scientific evidence and overseas experience supports that we can still expect excellent vaccine efficacy against all known strains of parvovirus (CPV-2a, -2b and 2c).”

They will be providing us with a more comprehensive report addressing current concerns over the next few days and we will continue to keep our clients updated as more information comes forward.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns regarding your pet’s health.

Parovirus Vaccine

Canine Parvovirus Vaccine For CPV-2c Strain

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Current Advice Regarding Canine Parvovirus Vaccine

 

North Hobart Veterinary Hospital would like to address the recent concern over the efficacy of the current Canine Parvovirus Vaccine against the new strain CPV-2c.

The AVA (National Veterinary Body) has recently announced that confirmed cases of a new strain of Canine Parvovirus CPV-2c have been detected in some parts of Australia by researchers at the University of Adelaide.

Fortunately, we have had no report of the disease detected in Tasmania.

We are currently awaiting more information from our vaccine supplier to advise whether the current Canine Parvovirus vaccine we hold at our hospital provides coverage for the new strain of Canine Parvovirus CPV-2c. We will be updating our clients as soon as we receive any further information.

Until more is known, it is important that dog owners continue to vaccinate for Canine Parvovirus, and take their dogs to the vet if they are unwell. Signs of CPV infection include some or all of the following:

  • decreased appetite
  • lethargy
  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea

If you have any questions regarding this, or are worried about your pet’s health please don’t hesitate to contact us or call (03) 6234 7044.

Nina Ottosson Toys Arrive!

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We are excited to announce that we have just taken delivery of a large range of Nina Ottosson Dog & Cat Puzzle Toys!

These interactive toys are great to keep your pet entertained – especially good if you have a pet recuperating from surgery on restricted exercise – or for those pets who are just that little bit too smart & need a challenge!

The range covers easy to solve to solve puzzles right up to the difficult ones, and come in wood or plastic, so there should be something to suit everyone.