As their parents, you never want to see your fur babies in pain. But as they get older, your pets can develop health issues – a major one being arthritis. With no cure for this disease, many owners are forced to give their pets medications that can cause undesirable side effects. For those pet owners who want a more homeopathic approach, here are some natural remedies to ease animal arthritis.
- Diet Change: Being overweight is a major cause of arthritis in pets. If your pet could afford losing a few pounds, try switching their food to a fresh food, meat-based diet as this works best for arthritis in animals.
- Therapeutics Oil: Most of us have chewed wintergreen gum, but we probably didn’t see it for what it really is – nature’s aspirin. Rubbing the oil extracted from wintergreen leaves around joints has been shown to relieve arthritic pain. You can also try cassia and cinnamon oils for the same effect because they inhibit inflammation. If you opt for using essential oils, always do so under the direction of a veterinarian.
- Hydrotherapy: Getting your pets into water will let them to move their joints more easily and freely, improving their mobility and relieving their pain. Hydrotherapy can be done as either a free swim or on a water treadmill. Pro Tip: If your pet is able to, try out the water treadmill to help them lose weight at the same time!
- Cold Therapy: Becoming increasingly more practiced in vet offices, cold therapyworks by exposing joints to a specific spectrum of lasers which seems to alleviate joint pain and inflammation. The procedure is very safe and is well suited for cats since they have a shallow muscle depth to penetrate.
If your pet is experiencing arthritis pain, don’t despair. These are just some of the many ways to help relieve their pain and improve their quality of life!
The staff at Upper East Side Animal Hospital is dedicated to boosting the wellness of your cats and dogs. If you live in the Manhattan area and have a pet in need of arthritic help, please call us at 212-396-3020.
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