joint problems in chihuahuas can range from minor pain and inflammation to more serious conditions such as hip dysplasia, arthritis and rheumatism. factors that can cause joint pain are injuries, aging issues, poor nutrition, a lack of exercise, obesity and genetics.
what are the signs of joint problems in your chihuahua?
the most obvious sign of joint problems is when they are having problems with daily activity. for example, they can’t get up on the couch, go up stairs, jump onto the bed and even get up on our laps. they will also tire faster on walks and play for shorter periods of time. they may also hold their limb up or funny while refusing to do activity.
awkward movements, stiffness, whimpering when getting up or standing, irritability, swelling or thickening of the joints and even refusing to be stroked or petted are also signs of joint problems. it’s not that they don’t love you, they are simply trying to tell you they are in pain. do not try to force them to participate in activity as it can worsen problem.
what can you do to prevent injury and help alleviate joint pain?
pet steps and ramps are the perfect solution for helping your chihuahua get up on to furniture, into bed and in your car. they will once again be able to reach their favorite places without jumping or with human assistance. they are a must for older or chihuahuas with disabilities.
pet steps are easy to travel with and prevent us from hurting our own backs when trying to pick up our chihuahuas. they come in many sizes, materials and fashions, some are heavy duty and others are lightweight.