Pets and arthritis

A while back, I was invited by Petfinder to write a guest post on arthritis in pets. I happily accepted- even though I tend to the more chatty around here, I can write something useful when necessary. Jane just let me know the post is live today!

How to help pets with arthritis stay comfortable during cold winter months

This makes me feel better about the fact that I did not write a single medical post during the blogathon. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Tamara

    Great info ๐Ÿ™‚ My 16-year-old kitty is undergoing acupuncture for arthritis. It is important to notice the little changes, especially in cats, that mean pain is present. A stiff gait, reluctance to jump, general sensitivity with her back legs…all these made me think ‘arthritis’ a few years ago. We used Metacam for a while, but with kidney issues also, it just wasn’t a good idea. We now do regular acupuncture and use a different pain med for those bad days.

    Thanks for helping pets owners identify when their pet is in pain, Dr. V. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Interestingly, Jasmine seems to respond to cold better than warmth.

  • I love Petfinder. Great article, DrV!

  • lin

    I was surprised how well Pup has responded to carprofen. She’s now climbing back on the couch (she hasn’t for over a year). I’ve thought about a heating pad or throw, but like Jana’s Jasmine, she seems to prefer cold. A double-coated shepherd/lab mix, she’s definitely perkier in cooler weather. Sometimes she’ll lie on the floor even though her bed is two feet away.