Pets, just like humans, can develop inflamed swollen joints (fibromyalgia) and in more serious cases arthritis. Arthritis is basically eroded joint cartilage, causing pain and stiffness when your dog or cat moves around. It is usually worse in winter when the cold and damp sets in and can affect all breeds and ages of dogs and cats, although some are more prone to arthritis than others.
To take a prevention is better than cure approach to joint health seems like the most sensible decision to make for your pet. Rather choose to help your pet all year round so that if painful joints decide to strike then the pain caused from them won’t be as intense. A holistic approach always has the best chance of success!
Natural ways to prevent arthritis in pets
- Diet – Did you know that obesity in pets can cause arthritis? Make sure that your pet follows a healthy eating plan like a raw food diet and pet treats
- that are healthy and don’t contain flavourings, colourants and preservatives
- Exercise and play – stretching is a great way to relieve pressure on joints! Choose your furry friend a toy from our amazing selection of durable and safe toys for dogs and toys for cats!
- Pet massage - helps to promote healthy circulation
How to tell if your pet has swollen joints / arthritis?
Pets that develop painful joints and arthritis change from being active happy go lucky pets to irritable miserable pets that don’t really want to do much more than curl up in a ball and sleep. It is more difficult to spot in cats than in dogs, but if you know what to look for, you will notice the following signs of joint pain in dogs and cats.
- Licking, biting and chewing the affected area
- Limping – often displaying difficulty in moving around, going up and down stairs or jumping up on furniture
- Loss of energy, your dog or cat may appear tired most of the time and less keen to play or go for walks
- Some pets become irritable or even aggressive if the painful area is touched, which is usually very unlike them!
What you can naturally do to help a dog or cat with arthritis
Your vet can confirm the diagnosis by taking x-rays or drawing fluid from the affected area. However, it is up to you to decide which treatment route to take. Treatment usually involves anti-inflammatory medicine such as cortisone. While this can help to ease the pain, always discuss the potential side effects of long term use with your vet.
At Feelgood Pets we recommend a holistic approach to dog and cat joint problems. This includes diet and lifestyle changes, along with the following very effective joint and mobility natural remedies:
- MobiLive for Pets – A natural anti-inflammatory that helps to reduce joint pain and stiffness in dogs and cats, without unwanted side effects
- Herbal Pet Joint Formula - Helps to maintain good joint health in older or active dogs, while also providing a preventative action for younger dogs whose breed may be prone to joint problems. Herbal Pet Joint Formula contains Devil's Claw, MSM, Glucosamine, Evening Primrose, Fenugreek & Seaweed meal. Studies have suggested that not only does Glucosamine provide joint relief, but it also nourishes and helps to rebuild damaged cartilage! Simply sprinkle on food - easy to administer!
- Flax oil for animals - Excellent source of anti-inflammatory omega-3, 6 and 9 essential fatty acids. Will help reduce joint pain and stiffness in animals with arthritis and joint pain
- AllisOne Arthro Synergy - A wonderful tonic support containing tissue salts for pet joint health! Regular use helps to ease pain, reduce stiffness & improves mobility. Suitable for people AND pets, including dogs, cats & horses. Lactose & sugar-free – vegan & vegetarian friendly.
- Pet Clothing – Anything but just a fashion statement! Pet clothing not only looks adorable but it also can keep your pet really warm and reduce the discomfort of creaky and aching joints.
We hope we have helped in providing you with sufficient information to make the right natural choices for your furry friend when it comes to joint health. If you have any other questions please do not hesitate to contact us. We are always here to help!