Stiff Walking

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.

Stiff Walking

How to Recognize

Your pet may appear uncomfortable or unnatural while 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.


Your veterinarian may be able to provide medication to treat the underlying condition.

Stiff Walking Affects

  • Dogs
  • Cats

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