Arthritis is a degenerative joint disease that not only affects us, but our beloved pets as well… causing pain, inflammation and reduced mobility. Although fairly uncommon in cats, most dogs will experience some sort of arthritic pain as they age, symptoms typically appearing around age 6 or 7.
If you see your dog (or cat) is starting to hesitate (or have difficulty) getting up or lying down, showing signs of sensitivity when touched, or showing any other signs of arthritis, here’s Dr. Selmer’s list of what you can do immediately:
Help them manage their weight. This is something that can immediately (and positively) impact your pet’s daily life, putting less pressure on their joints. (For tips on weight management for pets, read this article.)
Give them a healthy dose of Omega 3 Fatty Acids… each and every day. This supplement — along with a great multi-vitamin with Glucosamine, Chondroitin and MSM will really help.
Take them for daily, short walks. This will help stretch muscles and reduce stiffness… as well as maybe help them shed a couple of pounds.
Last but not least, ask Dr. Selmer about Cold Laser Treatment for your arthritic pet. This is one of the most effective treatments for eliminating the pain and immobility associated with arthritis, giving your pet more “life” in his elder years.
Dr. Selmer has additional treatments for dogs and cats with arthritis, but these four will give you — and your pet — a great head start.