The key to managing arthritis is a multi-targeted approach.
Some steps need to be taken by your vet, which include disease modifying drugs, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), specifically formulated diets and nutriceuticals. There are also steps you can take at home to help your arthritic pet to live a more comfortable day-to-day life:
Our number one tip is to keep your pet’s weight in a healthy range to reduce the load on the joint.
If your pet is carrying even just 10% more bodyweight than is ideal they can really suffer, as can their joints. Always ask your vet for the best diet for your pet’s health concerns specifically. Here at Pet Guardians not only do we give you great prices, we also ensure that all our profits go into helping Aged Pensioners so by supporting our online store you can be assured you are also supporting our community.
HOW TO IMPROVE HOME LIFE
• Provide a dry and comfortable bed with plenty of padding
• Use blankets and coats to keep them warm on cold days
• Keep beds out of drafty areas, ideally indoors
• Heated beds are great for winter
• Lay down carpeting over floorboards and tiles
• Put socks on your pet to keep them from slipping
• Use a portable ramp to help your dog get in and out of the car and up and down stairs
• Provide an additional piece of furniture so your cat doesn't have to jump so high to reach his favourite spot
• Continue to exercise your pet in moderation; gentle daily walks for dogs help keep the joints moving and muscles active
• Try a joint supplement or treats containing chondroitin and glucosamine sulphates and green-lipped mussel
Home care of arthritic pets can have a big impact on their quality of life and a little effort can go a long way to ensuring they are warm and comfortable this winter.