Originally Posted by CTCat
I still bothered by my persian's death last thursday. I had to euthanize her due to terrible arthritis in her spine, hips and back. I figured out that she started with symptoms of pain at around 9 1/2 years old. This seems pretty young to me.
Does anyone know if this a problem with Persians?
"The problems that lead to arthritis begin quite early in the petâ€™s life but are not noticeable at that time. Choosing a breed of pet that has been bred for abnormal bone structure such as bulldogs or Persian cats mean that arthritis will occur sooner than if a more wolf-like or feral cat breed had been picked. Smaller breeds of dogs tend to have fewer problems than the large breeds. It is important that you keep your pets toenails clipped properly so their normal gait is not restricted. Overgrown toenails could be thought of as wearing shoes with improperly shaped soles and heels â€“ they place strain on the joints that support them. A very important caution in preventing or delaying arthritis in later life is not to overfeed puppies â€“ especially puppies of larger breeds. Puppy chows, feed free choice (all they will eat) is not in the long-term interest of your pet. It has been found that if you feed less than the pet is willing to consume it will mature slower with stronger joints and ligaments and even live a longer life. Puppies that eat too much gain weight faster than their poorly calcified joints can support it. They develop loose overly flexible joints, which are a starting point for arthritis. Later in life, it is important that your pet remains trim and not overweight. Trim dogs develop less arthritis and if the do, it occurs later in life. A moderate amount of daily exercise like taking walks with your pets also delays arthritis. Hot tubs, whirlpools and swimming are great."http://www.2ndchance.info/arthritis.htm