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Helping your arthritic pet this winter

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

As winter and the colder weather sets in, it may make your pet’s existing aches and pains more uncomfortable, or even highlight that your pet is suffering from arthritis.

If your pet has been diagnosed with arthritis, there are several common treatments available that can make them more comfortable such as pain relief medication, joint supplements e.g. glucosamine, acupuncture, physiotherapy and heat therapy (or even buying a heated bed).

Other things you can also do to help with your pet’s arthritis are:

  • Ensure they have soft, comfortable bedding away from draughts.
  • Protect your pet from cold and wet weather.
  • Help them to avoid slippery surfaces such as tiles and wooden floors.
  • It is generally best to exercise dogs ‘little and often’ rather than one long walk
  • Try to limit the amount of jumping or climbing (e.g. up and down stairs or on to furniture)

Arthritis is a degenerative condition affecting the joints and is very common in cats and dogs. In dogs it can display as lameness, stiffness and pain after resting. In cats, the symptoms can be more subtle, such as the reluctance to jump up, less grooming or sleeping more than usual.

At Highcroft we have a popular scheme called the‘Arthritis Club’. It's free to join and becoming a member will help to provide your arthritic pet with the extra care they need, including discounted rates on pain relief and supplements, free weight checks, annual blood and urine tests and discounts on diagnostics like x-rays or CT Scans. We also have specialist orthopaedic surgeons and rehabilitation teams that are available if needed.

If you suspect your pet may have arthritis or would like to join our Arthritis Club, call your Highcroft surgery for more information.


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