Sunday, August 3, 2008

Pain-Relieving Tips for Arthritis & Stiffness

It is hard to watch our pet's discomfort and we often feel helpless thinking that there is nothing we can do. There is a great deal you can do to help your pet. The first thing is to determine exactly what is wrong. Your vet can find out what condition is the cause of the joint or muscle pain and lameness.

Many vets will recommend non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. These medications all have an impact on the liver. In my blog titled "The Dangers of Rimadyl", I tell the story of how my dog, Jake, died because of them.

Holistic Vets are now offering acupuncture, acupressure and aquapuncture, to increase your pet's mobility, reduce pain and enhance the immune system.

In addition to acupuncture, there are many other action steps you can take to help relieve your pet's pain and discomfort. 1. Weight management, excess weight will hasten the development or arthritis by increasing the pressure of the joints. 2. Daily Exercise, a short 15 minute walk with your dog each day can increase circulation, burn some calories and relieve pain by stretching muscles and reducing stiffness. 3. Diet and Nutritional Supplements, pets with joint pain can benefit from Omega 3 fatty acids (essential fatty acids), Amazing Omegas (omega 3 fish oil) and/or Nupro (flax seed whole food supplement). Also important are combination formulas that contain Glucosamine, Chondrotin, MSM, Boswellia and Turmeric. Amazing Omegas, Nupro, Arthrosoothe, Special SAMe+, Inflammatone are all available from Remember a natural diet is always best for overall health of your pet.