One of the most difficult things for animal guardians to observe in their animal companions is when they develop signs and symptoms of painful joints. Often the first sign of problems with the joints is a subtle change in gait, which may occur on rising or after exertion. Pets may exhibit varying degrees of stiffness or weakness, as well as limping on one or more legs. Many pets may be reluctant to jump up into the car or go up or down stairs.
There can be many behavioral changes, including withdrawing or becoming more irritable on petting or handling. There may be visual signs, including and swollen, hot and even red joints, where pets may cry or resist on manipulation of the affected legs. Some pets with painful joints will experience fever, lethargy, as well as a drop in appetite.
Any animal companion with signs of severely acute or chronic painful joints should have a full medical evaluation and workup by the veterinarian. Supplements such as Yucca Intensive by Azmira may help with acutely swollen joints, while Super Joint Enhancer, Super Pure Omega 3, and Proanthozone can help ease inflammation of chronic painful joints