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Winter Wellness - How can we keep our older pets comfortable...

During this time of year, it becomes apparent that our aging pets start to exhibit signs of decreased energy and increased rigidity. It serves as a crucial reminder for us to prioritize the comfort of our senior pets not just during this particular season, but for the entirety of their elderly phase.

But have you ever wondered why our pets tend to slow down as the winter months approach? The drop in temperature can have a significant impact on older animals, causing their joints to become stiffer and resulting in discomfort and limited mobility.

It is important to try to understand effective ways to manage arthritis, to ensure a better quality of life. Ways we can help:

Supplements/Dietary Considerations: Including dietary supplements can provide significant benefits. Nowadays, there is a wide range of products available to cater to everyone's needs, whether it be in the form of chewable, powders, capsules, or liquids, making administration easier for both you and your pet. Switching to a diet that prioritizes joint health and includes essential nutrients like glucosamine and chondroitin can help support proper joint function.

Lifestyle: When it comes to your pet getting older, making adjustments to their lifestyle is important. Engaging in activities such as leisurely strolls or swimming can provide assistance without exerting too much pressure on their physical well-being.

Therapies: Senior pets can benefit greatly from physiotherapy or hydrotherapy. These therapeutic options can help relieve pain, enhance mobility, and improve joint flexibility while also maintaining muscle tone and overall fitness. Hydrotherapy, in particular, offers a low-impact solution that allows dogs to build muscle without the strain of land-based movements.

Prescription Medication: If other approaches prove ineffective, consulting with a veterinarian to address medication options is advised. You can also use medication along side other recommendations (supplements, therapies) which are seen to have great results. While NSAIDs (Non-steroidal Anti Inflammatory) drugs can be advantageous, understanding the potential risks of prolonged usage is crucial.

Arthritic Injections: If your pet suffers from osteoarthritis, they may benefit from injections available with your vet. Talk to your regular general practitioner to understand if your pet would be suitable to products.

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