Is your pet slower to move around in the winter? It could be arthritis. On Wednesday morning’s Pet Talk, Dr. Jen explained how the cold causes a double whammy on your pet’s joints.
Cold temperatures cause stiff and painful joints, which usually makes our pets reluctant to move. As many of us understand with our own bodies, not moving in itself can cause joints to stiffen up, creating more pain. See the vicious cycle?
What’s the best thing you can do to help your pet? Great question and I’m so glad you asked. Get outside and go for a walk! It’s good for you and it’s good for them. Exercise helps loosen those still joints, decreasing the pain that’s associated with arthritis. It’s also good for everyone’s mental health. Fresh air does wonders for making us (and them) feel better.
If exercise alone is not enough, call us to talk about joint supplements (that can lubricate the joints) or anti-inflammatory pain medications.
Get out and enjoy the fresh air with your four legged friends today!