Cold Weather a Pain for Pets
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Media release: 01 May, 2012
Cold Weather a Pain for Pets
A leading veterinarian has urged all pet owners to keep a close eye on their pets’ this winter as colder temperatures sadly mark the beginning of arthritis and joint pain for many of our beloved furry friends.
Head vet at VetShopAustralia.com.au, Dr Mark Perissinotto, reported that winter time is notorious for pets developing signs of osteoarthritis and to act immediately if you notice your pet suffering, to ensure they have the most comfortable winter possible.
"Osteoarthritis is a degenerative, 'wear and tear' injury that develops over time in pets. It is the most common type of skeletal disease affecting dogs and is mainly developed as they get older. Cats are also affected by the arthritis with approximately 20% of cats developing the disease," Dr Perissinotto said.
"Winter time can be hard on some animals as they become more susceptible to the effects of arthritis and joint pain in the colder months, which means they may begin to show early signs of onset."
"It will be quite obvious if your pet is suffering from joint pain. Physical and mental affects will be displayed as the pain often causes pets to become irritable and depressed. They will also display a sudden difficulty performing general physical movements such as climbing stairs, getting up, squatting, and getting into the car. Severe pain will greatly reduce their overall mobility," he said.
Dr Perissinotto explained that Joint pain in pets can be managed with the regular use of joint supplements; however in severe cases you may need your local veterinarian to prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs for your pet.
"A few natural supplements added to your pet’s diet can help them find some much needed relief and has been proven to support and maintain joint health, helping in cases of Osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease."
Dr Perissinotto also revealed a number of other ways that you can make your pet feel more comfortable if they are suffering from aches and pains.
"You can give ease to your pets joint pain by making sure they are kept warm at all times. Cold or damp weather conditions may appear to make symptoms much worse. Provide a warm bed and blanket for them to rest and if needed purchase a dog coat to ensure they are cosy at all times," he said.
"Also keep their nutrition up to scratch. There are foods on the market that promote healthy joints and bones so keep an eye out for these when shopping for your pet food. You can also encourage your dog to get exercise in moderation. Definitely do not let them overexert themselves, but getting them moving a little can help improve their condition."
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