Arthritis is a condition that plagues both man and mutt and can cause a lot of frustration, discomfort, and sometimes, pain. Nothing is more disheartening than seeing the pets we love and adore suffering from a condition, especially as they can’t tell us about what they’re feeling, so we have to read their physical cues to catch onto their issues. 

When it comes to arthritis, the symptoms can be similar for your pet cat or dog, and there is some overlap in what you can do to help them with their condition. Whilst you should always consult with your veterinarian regarding your pet’s health in order to make an educated decision on what the best treatment for your pet’s arthritis is; there are some ways that you can provide relief for your furry companions and help alleviate the pain caused by arthritis – both medical and natural.

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CBD Oil

You may be surprised to hear that Pet CBD is a legitimate thing and that more and more studies are finding that there are benefits to utilizing the product to help treat the likes of arthritis in pets. If you’re not sold on it, try opening up a discourse with your vet, and gain their perspective on the treatment. CBD can help decrease the pain arthritis causes your pet, but with any treatment, you should do your research and talk to professionals before administering any medication. If you’re interested in the potential of CBD treatment for arthritis, read What to Know About CBD Oil for Dogs with Osteoarthritis for further details. 

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Hydrotherapy

This may not be one that your feline may enjoy (they absolutely can use hydrotherapy, but you might find that a warm bath may be more to their liking), but your pooch may find it a real relief. Hydrotherapy is a popular way to manage arthritis in dogs, and often provides pain relief, and can actually help with joint and tissue rehabilitation. A lot of arthritis can be caused by obesity in pets when their weight becomes a strain on their joints, so the buoyancy of water supports the dog’s weight and thus relieves them. If you think that hydrotherapy may help with your dog’s arthritis, you should search for a trained professional who knows what they’re doing, ensuring the best treatment and experience for your canine. 

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Veterinary Acupuncture

It may sound a bit ridiculous, but pet acupuncture is a very real and legitimate treatment for both cats and dogs. Whilst it can be used to treat a plethora of conditions, arthritis is one of the main reasons that pet owners seek out the practice. Despite using needles, the process is quite painless, and most animals actually relax throughout the treatment, sometimes even falling asleep. Acupuncture improves blood flow and relaxes the muscles, providing pain relief without the side effects that some anti-inflammatory medicines can have.

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It’s important to remember that these treatments should not be used instead of prescribed medicine, but rather, in tandem with them for the best results. Furthermore, always consult your vet before you introduce any new treatments for the safety of your pet!