Looking after your pets joints

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Posted on: 20 July 2015 by Jessica Thorpe

Looking after your joints is important throughout your life or you’ll pay for it when you get older. Exactly the same is the case for your pets, except it’s down to you to help look after their joints for them. If you don’t take care of them then they could end up with issues such as arthritis just like humans can.

Looking after your joints is important throughout your life or you’ll pay for it when you get older. Exactly the same is the case for your pets, except it’s down to you to help look after their joints for them. If you don’t take care of them then they could end up with issues such as arthritis just like humans can.

With that in mind, here are some ways you can look after your pets’ joints:

Weight management

It’s basic physics that the more weight you add to something, the more strain it is under, and that applies to bones and joints too. If your pet is overweight then this puts unnecessary pressure on their joints, and if not treated can be detrimental to their health.

As with humans, the best ways to manage weight is through healthy eating and exercise. There are plenty of online resources for what to feed your pets, such as this one for dogs, although you should consult your vet before you start any kind of diet plan to ensure it’s the right thing for your dog.

In terms of exercise, playing more with your pets is the best way of getting them exercise. Take your dog out for a longer walk or just let him run around the garden. It’s slightly trickier to exercise cats, so the healthy eating aspect is particularly important.

If your pet already suffers from joint problems, then the exercise you do should be regular but gentle. You don’t want to put too much pressure on the joints if they’re already painful.

Keep an eye on your pet

It’s important to know what to look out for that could suggest joint problems. The most obvious sign is that your pet has trouble moving or seems in physical pain. If this is the case then they may be unwilling to move much and may spend a lot of their time lying down. You may also notice swelling around the joints. If you notice that it gets worse during cold or damp weather than your pet may well be suffering from arthritis. Keep a diary of when it happens so you can notice any patterns.

It’s also different depending on what pet you have. For example, heavily-built dogs such as Labradors are more likely to suffer from joint problems, so be aware of this.

Treatments

If it’s too late to prevent joint problems such as arthritis in your pet then there are steps you can take. You can still adhere to the above advice and try and give them a healthier lifestyle to lessen the effects, but there are also various treatments available. Websites such as Vet Medic have a number of different treatments available that should help ease the pain and make joints move more freely.

Obviously, if your pet is in pain then the best thing to do is to take them to the vet and get them properly checked out.

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jammy rose posted 31 July 2015

speaking about weight, my pet is little bit overweight, so can you suggest anything by which it can lose its weight.


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