Pain relief for Dogs and Cats. Our pets are part of the family. Unfortunately they can’t speak for themselves, however you can tell when our furry family friends are hurting.
Common signs amongst Dogs Licking affected joints, falls behind on walks, reduction in muscle tone, mild swelling in the joint, slight stiffness on rising or lying down, reluctant to climb Stairs
Common signs amongst Cats Lethargic/Decreased appetite, slight limping on one side, slight difficulty getting out of the litter box, less inclination to jump or climb, reduction in grooming.
One of the things that not many humans know about dogs and cats is that they try to hide their pain. In the wild, animals know that weakness makes them a target for predators.
You do have to be a bit of a detective with your pet and look for any signs (mentioned above) of possible stiffness or pain in their joints.
About 20% of middle aged dogs and cats have arthritis in at least one joint. Nearly all cats and dogs will be affected at some stage of their life. Fortunately there are things you can do to help with arthritis in dogs and cats.
Pain Relief For Dogs and Cats
Prevention is better than cure. A recent survey found that 53% of dogs are overweight or obese. The figure is even higher among cats as cats do a lot more sleeping.. The reason weight matters so much is that the more weight your cat or dog is carrying, the more weight goes on to the joints.
Extra weight can accelerate degenerative joint disease, this is the breakdown of cartilage that surrounds the joints. This cartilage damage triggers the release of inflammatory chemicals that causes the pain and stiffness.
More Exercise. By reducing your dog or cat’s weight you are helping reduce possible degenerative joint disease, but as with a human being, eating right is one thing, we still need plenty of exercise.
It’s a lot easier to give dog’s more exercise than it is a cat. Obviously you can just put a lead on a dog and “away you go”, cats on the other hand need more encouragement.
You can help your cat exercise by rolling a ball to him or moving a piece of string. Cats also love chasing shadows or “dots” on a wall, so be inventive.
There are many ways to get joint relief for your dog or cat. There is physical therapy, acupuncture (yes, believe it or not) and you can even find an orthopaedic bed for your pet..
I hope you have found some value in this article. We love our pets and want to keep them happy and healthy for as long as possible. Arthritis in dogs and cats can be helped with modern medicine there are many joint supplements for dogs and cats available.
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