I know some of you have had elderly iggies and wanted to ask about possible arthritis. My little Stegosaurus is turning 12 at the end of August. I know that they can live for many more years and overall, she seems to be in good health. She eats, poops, and is alert. Her bloodwork was good at her last vet visit.
The main issue she is experiencing is trouble climbing from the bottom of her enclosure to the basking area in the top. We have a ramp for her made out of wire shelving (thanks to Captain Bob's suggestion a few years back) and that was working great. However, over the past few months climbing seems to be growing more difficult for her. She can do it, but she needs to stop and rest and it seems like she might be in pain.
When she's loose on flat surfaces, her mobility is normal. She has no trouble getting around and doesn't seem to ache. It's just climbing when she seems uncomfortable. Could this possible be iggy arthritis?
I'm going to move her annual vet visit from July to June but wanted to check in and see if other iggy people had experienced something similar. If so, what did your vet recommend?
From previous experiences I know that it's a pain to give her medication. We were thinking about making her enclosure one long level (for temperature gradient) so that she can just stay flat and happy.
Any info is greatly appreciated!