Compensatory issues are when we find other parts of your pet that are painful or uncomfortable but are not at the primary area that we know is sore.
Monday 2nd April 2018
For example, if a dog has painful hips, they will try to avoid using their hips and hindlegs when possible- so they will often pull themselves into a standing position with their front legs. This overloads the triceps muscles at the back of the forelimb, the pectoral muscles and the attachments behind the scapula, where they attach to the body. In these cases we often find pain in these areas and need to treat this as well as the primary condition.
Is your cat less active now simply because of old age, or could they be suffering from osteoarthritis? The early identification of the degenerative joint condition, osteoarthritis (OA) in cats isn’t always straight forward but it is very important that cat owners spot this disease early to minimise its debilitating effects and provide the best quality of life.