More than 14 million pets in America suffer from arthritis. While it is more commonly found in older or overweight cats and dogs, joint problems can affect any pet at any age. By treating joint problems early on, you may save your pet from further damage and pain. But do you know how to recognize if your pet is arthritic and what you can do at home to ease their pain?
Recognizing Signs of Arthritis in Your Pet
Your pet might have arthritis if he…
- Walks more slowly and stiffly
- Has trouble climbing stairs or jumping onto the couch or bed
- Requires more time and effort to stand up, especially upon waking
- Loses balance easily
At-Home Treatments for Arthritic Pets
- Weight loss - If your pet is overweight, a weight loss program will relieve stress and strain from your pet’s joints.
- Physical therapy - Ask your vet to show you some simple massage or pain-relieving techniques that you can perform each night to help ease your pet’s aching joints. There are also special pet therapies that can improve your elderly pet’s quality of life.
- Heat - To ease your aches and pains for yourself, you use a heating pad. So why not use one for your pet? Heated wellness pads, warmers, sleepers, and beds emit a safe, low-level therapeutic heat that relaxes stiff joints, relieves sore muscles, and promotes soothing comfort for your healthier, happier pet.
- Supplements - Talk to your vet about supplements that will ease aches and pains. Pain relievers containing glucosamine help restore healthy joint performance and shock absorption capabilities. White willow bark is another all-natural ingredient used to reduce pain, stiffness, sore muscles, and joints.
You want to give your pet the best quality of life possible. Be aware of signs of arthritis in your pets and if you feel your pet is suffering, take steps to make him more comfortable.