When pets get old, they, too, can develop arthritis. Learn how to keep your senior pet as comfortable as possible.
Growing up, my family had plenty of cats. My dad, however, had one favorite, Nimrod. Nimrod mostly lived outside, and she kept my dad’s garden free of moles. Then, she developed arthritis and wasn’t as agile as she once had been. While she normally leapt up to her food bowl, she got to a point where she could no longer could do that. My dad, being a very proud engineer, then proceeded to build her a set of miniature stairs that led up to her food bowl! Ah, a cat’s life!
Now, not every family may have the skill or resources to build a set of stairs, but you can take “steps” to make your pet’s movements more comfortable. You have several options. In order to arrive at the best one for your pet, your first stop should probably be your veterinarian. A very common way to help treat arthritis is a vitamin supplement such as glucosamine, which your vet can recommend. Glucosamine supports joint function and reduces inflammation. I know from experience that this does help, as our 10-year-old Chocolate Labrador Retriever takes this supplement.
Heat therapy is another option, especially during the cold months. You can get a heated pillow or blanket for your pet. There are also heating pads that are now made exclusively for dogs, with straps to keep the heating pad where it needs to be. However, these do pose a risk as your pooch can accidently get burned. So again, talk to your vet.
After a little research and consult with your vet, you’ll probably have a few ideas to help your aging pet. And who knows, maybe it will involve building a set of stairs!
Do you have a senior pet with arthritis? What are some things you do to keep it comfortable? Share with us in the comments!