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An arthritis-friendly home

by | Jun 18, 2015 | Cat Care, Dog Care, Latest Monthly Newsletters, Pet Care

To help your arthritic pet live a comfortable life we recommend a balanced and multi-targeted approach. This can help reduce the need for large amounts of medication and lessen the potential side effects of any one treatment.

A few small changes at home can help improve your pet’s comfort so here are our top tips:

  • Keep your pet’s weight in a healthy range to reduce the load on the joint
  • Provide a dry and comfortable bed, away from draughts and with plenty of padding – heated beds are a good idea for winter
  • Use a portable ramp to help your dog in and out of the car
  • Provide an additional piece of furniture so your cat doesn’t have to jump so high to reach his favourite sunny spot
  • Continue to exercise your pet in moderation; gentle daily walks for dogs help keep the joints moving and muscles toned

Ask us for more information on how to make your home arthritis friendly.