FREE arthritis check-up
We are offering a FREE arthritis check-up to ensure that your senior pet is not suffering from arthritis.
How do I know if my pet has arthritis?
The only sure way to tell if your pet is suffering from osteoarthritis is a consultation and checkup by a veterinarian. We are running a special offer whereby your pets arthritis check-up is performed by a qualified vet nurse as a first step, who may then refer your pet to a veterinarian for further consultation.
To get an idea of the overall mobility of your pet, try our our Pet Mobility Calculator. It works by asking a series of questions, which will give you a score out of 30. The lower the score, the less mobile your pet is. If your pet is scoring low on the mobility calculator, it is important to bring it in for a check-up.
What is involved in the FREE arthritis check-up?
Step 1: We assess your pet's walk.
Pets experiencing symptoms of arthritis often go to great lengths to mask their condition. We walk your pet around the consult room or outside (if your pet is particularly large) and analyse its movement for any signs of limping or an uneven distribution of weight to indicate pain.
Step 2: Check back legs
Pets experiencing arthritic symptoms will often show discomfort when sitting, due to the angle of their legs and distribution of weight during the sitting process. We use the 'sit test' to assess your pet's ability to sit naturally, without signs of hesitancy or pain, as well as feel the shape and muscle density of your pet's hind legs to check for any irregularities.
Step 3: Check front Legs
We check the function, movement and muscle density of your pet's front legs, feeling for any clicking of joints or grinding. Grinding or clicking indicates that the cartilage in the joint may be damaged or degraded. This could be an indication of arthritis in your pet.
Step 4: Check back (spine)
We check along your pet's spine, making sure that your pet is not experiencing any pain in this area. This check is important because pets can often experience arthritic pain in their back.
These are all the steps in your FREE arthritis check-up. If your pet is showing symptoms of arthritis or any irregularities in behaviour for any reason, your pet will be referred to a vet for further examination.