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Arthritis in Senior Pets


Posted by Hilton Vet Hospital on Sunday, 3 September 2017


Arthritis causes pain

How can I tell if my pet has joint pain?

The following are symptoms your pet might show if there is joint pain:

1. Change in behaviour
2. Slowing down or getting tired quicker
3. Difficulty jumping, climbing stairs or running
4. Difficulty getting up from a lying position
5. Stiffness, limping or altered gait
6. Licking of a joint
7. Reluctance to paly

Arthritis is the inflammatory process that causes pain in joints. It starts very subtle and then gets worse over time, just like a snowball effect. As the snowball gets bigger and bigger your pet will experience more pain and eventually start limping.

Start Treatment Early

It is important to start with treatment the moment you notice any of the seven symptoms mentioned above. The earlier in the arthritic process you start with treatment the better the results. At Hilton Vet Hospital, our arthritis treatment is aimed at keeping our senior pets as pain free and comfortable as possible. They have been loyal to us as pet parents for many years, now is the time to reward them by making sure their final years are pain free and comfortable.

The aim of the treatment is to slow down the degenerative effect of the arthritis in the joints. (Slow down the snowball effect.)

Aim of treatment for Arthritis in Pets:

1. Slow down the progress of arthritis
2. Improve the cartilage and inside of joint
3. Reduce inflammation
4. Keep your pet mobile and pain free
5. Prevent loss of muscle mass

Treatment of Arthritis in Pets

Zydax is the foundational treatment of arthritis. It is given as a series of injections, one per week for four weeks. This is then repeated every six months.


ZYDAX acts in multiple ways:

• Stimulates the regeneration of cartilage cells
• Inhibits the destructive enzymes that damage cartilage
• Stimulates joint capsule cells to produce lubricating joint fluid
• Reduces swelling and blocks inflammatory processes
• Improves blood flow and nutrition to joint structures

Supportive Arthritis Treatment for Senior Pets

1. 4Cyte supplement
2. Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulphate
3. Mobility Diets. (Natural Balance Mobility. Royal Canine mobility)
4. Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatories
5. Appropriate exercise




Blood Tests and Age related diseases

It is important to diagnose age related disease as early as possible. This way we can start treatment or support the organs involved. The earlier we start the better the outcome.

Recommendation: annual blood test from the age of 7 years onwards.

With our in-house Idexx Laboratory we can run the blood tests while you wait.

What do we test for?

• Blood glucose
• Kidney function
• Liver function
• Thyroid gland function
• Blood protein
• Electrolytes
• Red blood and white blood cell counts

Signs of age related disease:

Here is a list of common senior pet symptoms and their possible causes.

Drinking and urinating more

• Diabetes
• Kidney disease
• Liver disease
• Cushings syndrome

Abdominal distention

• Cushings syndrome
• Liver disease
• Abdominal tumours
• Heart disease

Weight loss

• Most diseases
• Intestinal worms


• Tumours
• Abscesses
• Haematomas

If your pet show any of these symptoms it is very important to get a blood test done to find out the underlying cause.

 Call 08 9331 8375 to book your appointment at Hilton Vet Hospital today.