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How To Protect Your Pet's Joints

Joint disease, such as , is as common in cats and dogs as it is in people, particularly when pets reach their senior years. Some cats and larger breeds of dogs are genetically prone to developing joint problems as they age. Here's how you can ward off problems and treat them if they occur.

Preventing joint pain

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Genetics and diet are the most important factors affecting cats' and dogs' joints, says Cailin Heinze, a board-certified veterinary nutritionist in the greater Boston area. In a study by University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine researchers, a group of Labrador puppies were fed the same food, but half were given 25% less. Over their lifetimes, the thinner Labradors were less likely to develop osteoarthritis than their heavier siblings, and when they did, it was less severe.

Here are some steps you can take to help your pet's shoulders, elbows, knees, and hips stay healthy.

1. Keep your dog or cat trim. Excess weight puts more stress on the joints. (Here are 15 simple ways to keep your dog happy and healthy for life.)

2. Give your pet fish oil, which has a natural anti-inflammatory effect that can promote good joint health.

3. Take your dog for walks or hikes regularly, but avoid high-intensity activities such as running long distances. (Take a look at these 20 ways to keep your pet safe this summer.)

Treating joint pain

Vets generally treat arthritis with NSAIDs or steroidal anti-inflammatories such as prednisone. Some veterinary prescription medications, like polysulfated glycosaminoglycan (Adequan), can help rebuild cartilage, says Patrick Mahaney, a holistic veterinarian based in California. In severe cases, pets with hip arthritis may require hip replacement surgery. You can also ask your vet about natural treatments, like the ones below.

5 Natural Remedies To Try

Medications for joint disease can have side effects, including kidney and liver problems. "We want to minimize the need for ongoing use," Patrick Mahaney says. Here are some other options.

Acupuncture: Inserting needles into specific points releases anti-inflammatory and pain-fighting hormones.

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Electrical stimulation: Running an electric current across joints or down the spine increases blood flow and promotes muscle relaxation.

Laser treatment: Directing a laser down a pet's spine and over joints can help manage pain.

Massage: Massage promotes blood flow, reducing pain and inflammation. (You can find vets demonstrating the proper technique on YouTube.)

Physical therapy: Range-of-motion exercises increase flexibility in the joints.






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Date: 02.12.2018, 01:45 / Views: 74174