Winter is coming...
Dogs and cats like us humans, they can suffer from arthritis and it can be worsened by cold season. Have you noticed your pets slowing down lately? Hesitant using the stairs or jumping up and down a couch? Do they show signs of pain in the mornings or when they first get up? If the answer is yes to any of the above, your pets may be suffering from the arthritis (degenerative joint disease), which makes joints stiff and painful.
One of the best things you could do for your pets with arthritis is weight management, as extra weight puts a lot of pressure on the already damaged joints. If your pets are overweight, feed good quality diet and aim to gradually reduce the weight over time.
Light activity and exercise to gain and maintain the healthy fitness level is very important and keeps your pets mentally alert and happier. Choose an activity that you can commit for long term. Be gentle with the exercise so you are not exacerbating the sore joints for your senior pets, so frequent short gentle walk to a park is preferred than jogging or running at beach.
Depending on the severity of the condition, your vet may prescribe an anti-inflammatory to help manage the pain. There are also injectable medication that promotes cartilage repair and maintain healthy joints.
There are many dietary supplements available in the market, from glucosamine, chondroitin, green-lipped mussel extract and omega-3 fatty oil. While supplements does not work as pain-relief as such, they do help to provide the body with elements to build new cartilage and slow down the progression of arthritis over long time. Supplements take long time to show the benefit and sometimes the effect may not be so obvious, but they are recommended to be used for life.
Keep your pets warm; obviously arthritis worsens as the temperature drops, be sure to provide your pets with warm indoor location or blanket and other insulation to protect them from the weather.
Book a consultation with us today and get your fur kids winter ready. The best part is, we will come to you so you can stay cosy at home.
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