The cat or dog has difficulty during walk, or stiff walking, is a very common symptom in pets, especially in seniors. Oftentimes, the most common reason for stiff walking in dogs and cats is arthritis, which is the natural wear and tear of joints. However, other common causes include injuries, muscle strains and hip dysplasia. Various auto-immune diseases, serotonin deficiencies, eclampsia, lyme disease and hyperthyroidism can all cause stiff walking in dogs and cats as well.
How to Recognize
Your pet may appear uncomfortable or unnatural while walking.
Causes of Stiff Walking
Arthritis may be the cause of stiff walking in pets. Hip Dysplasia, Lyme disease, hyperthyroidism, trauma, and auto-immune diseases may also be the cause.
After ruling out trauma, your veterinarian will take a blood sample to test for infections and disease.
Treatment for Stiff Walking
Your veterinarian may be able to provide medication to treat the underlying condition.
When adding a dog or cat to your family you want to make sure your pet is happy, healthy and protected. During its lifetime your pet is exposed to many illnesses and diseases and some breeds are affected by a congenital disease which is a condition existing at birth. At these moments when your pet is ill or maybe needs surgery, you want to be protected for the unexpected and high veterinarian costs.