ramonaghan Posted August 30, 2015 Share Posted August 30, 2015 (edited) Sweep has been very stiff and limping slightly after lying down for extended periods of time for a couple of months now. She had her annual checkup early last month and the vet noticed some sensitivity/pain in the lower spine near the hips which she thought were indicative of early LS (that thread here). Since Sweep had gained 6 pounds over a year and wasn't showing classic signs of hind end weakness (no trouble with stairs or jumping in/out of the car; no sinking), we opted to work on the weight loss and add Fresh Factors/Joint Health supplements for the stiffness upon rising. She also gets fish oil. Unfortunately we've seen no improvement and in fact it seems a bit worse, although it still resolves within a minute and she doesn't limp at any other time. (And "limp" is not totally accurate for what's going on; she isn't holding her leg up but almost dragging it slightly like it's asleep.) She is still very much herself in every other respect--loves her walks and car rides, does zoomies in the yard, eats well, grins and roaches. Anyway, we'll be taking her in for an xray tomorrow. We leave for a short vacation Thursday and will be out of the country, so the timing sucks but I need to know what's going on. Sweep will be 6 in October; is arthritis likely at this age? Of course I'm trying not to think the worst and would appreciate everyone's good thoughts. Edited August 31, 2015 by ramonaghan Quote Rachel with littermates Doolin and Willa, feline rivals Tootie and Richard, and squatter cats Crumpet and Fezziwig. Always missing gentlemen kitties Mud and Henry, and our beautiful, feisty, silly Sweep. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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