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Subtle signs of feline osteoarthritis

Downtown Charlotte, NC

During this interview at the Fetch dvm360® conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, Elizabeth Colleran, DVM, DABVP (Feline Practice), highlighted signs of chronic pain that cat owners may miss if not informed.

According to Elizabeth Colleran, DVM, DABVP (Feline Practice), cats are secretive animals that hide their emotions as they are both predators and prey. Thus, in this dvm360® interview, she outlined shifts in lifestyle that may indicate the feline is suffering from osteoarthritis.

View the video below for the entire discussion. The following is a partial transcript.

Elizabeth Colleran, DVM, DABVP (Feline Practice): We just need to understand how subtle those [signs of chronic feline pain] are. So I would say that a cat whose lifestyle changed [may be suffering from osteoharthritis]. [For example], a cat that used to sleep with the owner that isn't sleeping with the owner anymore. [Or,] a cat who used to climb up to a high point on a cat tree that doesn't do that anymore.

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