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Degenerative Disorders: From Hind Leg Weakness in Dogs to Feline Cancer

Vet Talks 4 min read
Photo of a senior cat laying down on the floor to illustrate a blog about degenerative disorders from hind leg weakness in dogs to feline cancer

Slowing down can be a natural sign of aging in humans and pets alike. But if you notice other visual cues of low energy and mobility issues, like hind leg weakness in dogs and cats, something more serious might be at play. 

Degenerative disorders happen when the functions of tissues or organs of your furkiddo deteriorate. This process often starts slowly but progresses over time, causing much discomfort and affecting your little one’s quality of life. 

The good news is that veterinary medicine has developed and evolved to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of many of these debilitating conditions. There has also been an increase in the offer of holistic options for proactive and active support.

So let’s discuss four common canine and feline degenerative diseases and natural ways to be there for your senior pet through it all. 

Spinal Disorder and Hind Leg Weakness in Dogs

Degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis is a disorder of the vertebrae in the lower back that causes compression of the nerve roots. The cause is unknown, but dogs are more prone to suffer from it. 

This condition affects the stability and mobility of your furkiddo, and can be really painful. Signs typically begin at 3 to 7 years of age and may include:

  • Mobility issues
  • Incontinence
  • Hind leg weakness
  • Show pain in the lower back at the touch or when moved 

Degeneration of the Joint and Mobility Issues

Osteoarthritis, also called arthrosis or arthritis, happens when there’s a gradual degeneration of the joint’s cartilage. This condition is also more common in our canine companions but can also affect cats. Arthritis affects primarily adult and elderly pets between 8 and 13 years old. 

This issue can appear with no underlying conditions (idiopathic), or it can happen as a response to another problem. In the first case, some breeds are more prone to be affected, like Labrador Retrievers and German Shepherds. The secondary type happens more often and is commonly related to obesity.

Signs of osteoarthritis include:

  • Chronic joint pain
  • Loss of joint movement 
  • Pain when moving 
  • Swelling caused by excess fluid (edema)  

Autoimmune diseases are also degenerative

An autoimmune disease is a flaw in a functional immune system that leads to an exaggerated response against cells and body tissues. This immune dysfunction causes an inflammatory reaction and damage to your little one’s body. 

Some of the common autoimmune disorders include Lupus and Hemolytic Anemia. The veterinarian should rule out several other ailments before further investigating autoimmune diseases, as some of these are rare.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for autoimmune diseases. But there are ways to help suppress the immune system and decrease the attack of the defense cells. Therefore, addressing some of the symptoms and reducing the intensity of the lesions.

Cancer Causes a Gradual Degeneration in Pets

Photo of a senior dog laying down on a field to represent degenerative diseases and most common symptoms, including hind leg weakness in dogs.

Like humans, cats and dogs can develop cancer, and its cause is difficult to define. For example, it can be due to genetic predisposition, immunologic deficiency, and inflammatory processes. 

Lymphoma is the most common type of cancer in cats and dogs. Possible causes include infections (viruses and bacteria), especially for cats with FeLV and FIV. 

The symptoms and treatment will depend on the type of cancer, the stage, and the prognosis. But these are some of the most common signs that you should take your little one to the vet for further examination:

  • Non-healing wounds
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Visible mass
  • Weight loss
  • Prostration
  • Loss of appetite
  • Pain

Natural Support for Degenerative Disorders 

As you can see, there are a lot of specificities about each of these degenerative disorders. So the first step should always be to reach out for veterinary guidance. With a confirmed diagnosis, the specialist can recommend the correct treatment, which may include one or a combination of pharmaceuticals, chemotherapy, surgery, and dietary changes. Natural remedies, like our herbal supplements, can give additional support and help improve the pet’s quality of life through it all. 

NHV BK-Detox is especially useful for supporting pets that are fighting cancer due to its blood cleanser and anti-tumor properties and may be combined with NHV ES-Clear for added cancer support. 

ES-Clear also helps balance the immune system and may improve vitality and general well-being for most degenerative disorders. 

Another supplement recommended is NHV Old Timer. This herbal formulation has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and restorative actions, which may help alleviate arthritis, muscle discomfort, and symptoms associated with nervous system disorders. 

Besides that, Old Timer can be really helpful in cases of autoimmune diseases and useful in cases where the immune system has been damaged by chemicals, like chemotherapy. 

Furthermore, to add extra anti-inflammatory support, NHV Turmeric is a super herb that can benefit pets with cancer, joint discomfort, and autoimmune diseases.

You can find BK-Detox, ES-Clear, Old Timer, and our Turmeric extract on our Degenerative Disorders Super Support bundle, here.

Avoiding Symptoms like Hind Leg Weakness in Dogs

A pet suffering from one of the many degenerative disorders has a genetic predisposition to that issue. That is why it’s vital to understand how different breeds or types of dogs and cats may be more prone to a specific degenerative disorder. 

The knowledge about the most common degenerative diseases and typical symptoms, like pain and hind leg weakness in dogs and cats, can help pet parents discuss treatment options with their trusted vet. Noticing the signs early on can increase the chances of slowing degeneration and being proactive.

At NHV we are true believers in the importance of proactive support, and our team of Pet Experts is always here to help you start your little one on their wellness journey. Click the button below to talk to someone on our team. 

Dr. Barbara Benitez DVM, MS

Dr. Barbara Benitez DVM, MS

Dr. Barbara is a veterinarian from Brazil with a specialty in pet nutrition. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine in 2006 from the University of Uberaba. In 2010, Dr. Barbara received her Master’s of Science in Pet Nutrition from the Federal University of Minas Gerais. She has over 15 years of experience in research and development in the pet food industry. When Barbara isn’t helping pet parents, you can find her spending time with her family, including her senior dog, Caze.

Published: December 27, 2022

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