To help your arthritic pet live a comfortable life there are a few things you can do at home:
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. Ask Pet Doctors for the best diet recommendation for your pet.
Other things you can do at home:
- 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
When it comes to arthritis and your pet, our team is always here to answer your questions. We will help keep your pet happy and comfortable and most importantly, pain free.