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As your pet gets older it is important they get regular check ups from the veterinarian. In cats signs of arthritis can be as subtle as no longer jumping on the sofa or sleeping more than normal. Often people mistake their pet slowing down as just part of ‘getting old’ when in fact arthritis is a painful condition, and can be treated to give the pet comfort in its later years.

Your vet will give your pet a through clinical exam and check their joints. In some cases X-rays may be required to further diagnose the problem.

There are many different treatments that can be used to help your senior pet with sore arthritic joints. Keeping your pet in a good body condition (i.e. not overweight!) and fit will help reduce the strain on your pets joints. For very overweight pets special diets can be used to help get the weight off your pet more easily.

It is also important to ensure your pet has a warm draft free bed to sleep on. Jackets and coats can also be a great way to keep old dogs warm on cold winter days.

There are a number of different specific joint diets, neutraceuticals (natural health medications), supplements and medications that can help reduce pain and inflammation in your pets joints and increase their mobility. Sometimes your pet will need to have blood tests done to check that they have no underlying health conditions before starting a medication. Your veterinarian will discuss with you what options are best for your individual pet.

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