Soothe those aching joints

By Connie Orcutt • Published: March 1st, 2013
Category: Animal Airwaves

It’s tough to see your pet in pain.

If your buddy has arthritis, as 20 percent of adult dogs and 45 percent of cats do, you may want to try anything to help the hurt. But steer clear of human drugs, some of which can be toxic to your pet. Instead, let your veterinarian prescribe a safe pain reliever and help you set up a home regimen to comfort your cat or pamper your pooch.

First and foremost, help your four-legged buddy lose any extra pounds. Low-intensity activities, such as walking or swimming, are best for exercise. Instead of allowing your pet to jump into the car or run up and down the stairs, consider providing handicap ramps. And keep your pet off slippery, hard surfaces, while providing soft bedding for naps. Finally, certain forms of physical therapy that use stretches and cold packs can help soothe those aching joints.