Senior Pet Care

Aging Symptoms in Pets

  • Slowing down
  • Stiff on rising or after resting
  • Lame after going for a walkold beagle
  • Lying down for a rest part way through a walk
  • Reluctant to exercise
  • Reluctant to jump onto furniture or down from your lap
  • Sleeping more often
  • Withdrawn or out of sorts
  • Unable to curl up on pet bed
  • Not grooming as much and becoming matted or scruffy
  • Scuffed nails
  • Grumbling, Hissing or snapping when touched in a certain area

Treatments to Relieve Aging Symptoms

  • Nutritional Supplements added to your pet’s food. These supplements include purified omega-7 fatty acid, palmitic acid, glucosamine, chondroitin, and/or green lipped mussel. Check with your veterinarian which supplements are the best. The pet supplement industry is not regulated so pet companies are able to add ingredients that might not be the right ingredients. Also, these supplements can conflict with the medication that your pet is already taking so check with your veterinarian before you start a supplement regime. It takes five to six weeks until you see the effects of the nutritional supplements in your pets.
  • Prescription Medication includes anti-inflammatory medication to relieve pain. This medication is only available through your veterinarian because a thorough assessment and blood test is needed. The online pet pharmaceutical websites have made prescription medication cost effective. Use pain killing drugs is a last resort because drugs can have dangerous side effects. Also, pain killing drugs are only used for a short time.
  • Physiotherapy heals a pet that has inflammation, swelling and joint pain. To get your pet moving again, a professional physiotherapist uses several methods such as, massage, heat/cold application, exercises to rehabilitate and machines (ultrasound, laser, tens and electrical muscle stimulation).
  • Hydrotherapy makes it possible for your pets to move freely without putting pressure on their joints. Pets who enjoy swimming benefit from this method. A professional hydro-therapist can get pets, even cats, to start to enjoy the water.
  • Prescription diet Hills j/d  helps with stiffness and joint pain in cats and dogs. This diet can also prevent stiffness and joint pain for pets susceptible for joint problems.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight decreases the stress on joints. Healthy Weight Clinics are available to help your pet loose weight.


In Conclusion

Joint pain changes your beloved, family pet. Even though your dog or cat is not limping, your pet can still be in pain. Dogs and cats have an innate ability to mask pain. Seeing a minute change in behavior is a clue that your pet is in pain. Immediate attention to a limp, inflammation and joint pain issues is best.

Since the pet industry is not regulated, 99% of joint pain supplements are worthless. For instance, many pet products contain glucosamine; however, the amount is too low to benefit your pet. Your veterinarian knows which supplements are the best.

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