PetMeds® Winter Arthritis Pain in Dogs and Cats
|The arrival of winter will often exacerbate a person’s joint and back aches, especially cold, damp weather, and we often see pets with a susceptibility to back or joint issues often exhibit symptoms in the winter months. This can include varying degrees of limping, stiffness, weakness, and pain. Many pets will often be reluctant to jump up or go up or down stairs, or go outside in the cold weather.|
Certainly if any of these symptoms are present as the cold weather approaches, a full veterinary exam and assessment should be done for proper diagnosis and treatment. There are some wonderful nutritional supplements that can be used by animal guardians preventatively or when these symptoms are present in their pet. Various glucosamine/MSM products can be tried including Super Joint Enhancer from 1800petmeds and the various GlycoFlex products. Antioxidants such as Proanthozone can help decrease inflammation of affected joints and tissues, by decreasing what are known as free radical formation, which are believed to be involved with many of the symptoms.
I also recommend fatty acid supplementation, such as Omega-3 for many of these pets. However, if your pet has pre-existing medical conditions and/or is on other medications for arthritis pain, an animal guardian should check with their veterinarian before starting any supplementation. In addition, using an orthopedic bed or a heated dog bed, can help to keep your pet warm, and can also relieve stress on the joints.