As we get older, so do our pets.
And if they have arthritis, the colder months ahead can be very long and painful.
*Add warm blankets to their bedding.
Keep them indoors where it’s warm.
But remember, as much as we want to stay indoors, it is important to keep moving, so joints don’t become stiff and sore.
*Take short walks, or have your vet help you put together a daily routine.
*Purchase some booties, sweater, or jacket for your friend, so walks are more comfortable.
*Talk to your veterinarian about supplements..
There are many over the counter products available. I have been very lucky with some tablets I found at Trader Joes.
Another product I’ve used for mobility is DGP, an all natural supplement that includes Tumeric, and helps reduce inflammation.
Whatever the product, always follow directions and never give more than the recommended dose.
Did you think dogs are the only ones aggravated by arthritis???
No! Keep those older cats comfy too.
*Cosequin For Cats (mixture of glucosamine and chondroitin) is something I always used for my mother in law’s cat in his senior years.
If your senior seems to be having trouble getting around, never assume it’s arthritis ALWAYS get a professional opinion.
**This is very important as aches and pains can be early signs of other problems that may need to be addressed right away.
Once diagnosed with arthritis, depending on the severity, be sure to look into your several options.
*Many NSAIDS are available through your veterinarian.
Prescribed medications such as Rimadyl, Metacam, Derramax, etc. can help with the more severe pain.
**But always be careful as they can have serious side effects, or cause damage to the kidney and liver.
BLOODWORK is very important when using these long term.
It’s always best to check with your veterinarian to see what’s suitable for your pet.
I’m sure some of you have had some great luck with certain products or even have ideas that might help keep the critters happy.
And if so… I’d sure love to hear them!!!
Hoping you and your pets stay warm and happy through the holidays.