Aches and Pains: How to Treat Arthritic Joints in Your Pet

Posted by Stacey Venzel
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Are you addressing your pet’s joint health?

Animals are experts at masking pain and discomfort. This survival tactic works well when they live independently in the wild, but with humans as caretakers, pet guardians need to be cued into their pet’s wellness.

If you notice arthritic symptoms or your pet receives a diagnosis of arthritis, there are many steps you can take to prevent disease progression.

 1. Supplements

Lubricating joint supplements can work wonders for your cat or dog. Accredited products with chondroitin, glucosamine, MSM or magnesium target joint health, work to repair and strengthen surrounding tissues and reduce inflammation. Fish oils or even coconut oil can also assist with pain relief, but you’ll want to be careful with digestive issues.

If you’re purchasing joint supplements, it is advisable to buy through a veterinary professional as many over-the-counter brands contain only trace amounts of the advertised leading ingredient. These products are also not always FDA-approved.

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 2. Nutrition

Obesity is one of the leading causes of arthritis. Overfeeding puts unnecessary weight-bearing on joints, resulting in their breakdown. Take this quiz to find out if your pet needs to lose a few pounds.

Additionally, certain foods in your pet’s diet could be resulting in joint deterioration, while other foods can improve joint health. Talk to your pet’s veterinarian to determine what is the best diet plan.

 3. Therapy

Holistic therapies like acupuncture, laser, and massage can stimulate healing and pain relief. Physical therapy, especially hydrotherapy, is also important to prevent stiffness.

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 4. Traction Products

Many products on the market can assist arthritis pets. These include booties, toe grips, and harnesses.

Joint pain tends to flare up more in the colder months, so be extra vigilant in your pet’s behavior this winter.

Watching your dog or cat become increasingly less agile is heart-breaking. Thankfully, there are a lot of tools at your disposal to improve your animal’s well-being.

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Aches and Pains: How to Treat Arthritic Joints in Your Pet