Updated 01/05/2013 05:00 AM
Pet Pointers: Pets with joint pain
If you have an older pet or one that is suffering from arthritis, there are things you can do at home to help ease their pain. In this edition of Pet Pointers, Lisa Chelenza tells us more.
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As our pets get older, just like humans, they can experience stiffness in their hips, back, and joints. But a few simple things can help make them more comfortable.
Lis Conarton, a Pet Physical therapist, says you can help ease your pet’s joint pain before you head outside for a little exercise.
“If you know your pet has arthritis, you want to make sure you warm them up before you take them outside. A cool little exercise is just to walk them in circles while still in the home, and let them stretch. If you have a dog that does not have a thick coat, you can use a coat to cover the part of the body that has the arthritis,” said Lis Conarton, a certified pet rehabilitator.
When the pain is too much for us, humans can take a pain pill. But Lis advises that you seek out more holistic treatments before asking your vet for a prescription.
“Actually the better trick is to do neutra-ceuticals or non-pharmacy related natural things like omega 3 fatty acids. Research is a really good thing and then asking you vet what is good for your pet is really important,” said Conarton.
Remember, when any medication - whether holistic or prescribed - it’s important to talk to your vet first.