Information and natural remedies for the treatment of stiffness in cats and dogs.
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- What is Stiffness?
- What Causes Stiffness?
- Help for Stiffness
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What is Stiffness?
Stiffness of the muscles and joints is a common problem, especially in elderly pets. Pet owners often notice there pet is feeling stiff or struggling with joint aches when they walk with a stiff gait or limp, become less active or struggle to get up.
Cold mornings after long periods of rest are often the most difficult for pets with joint or muscle problems and it can take some time for your pet to get going during these mornings.
What Causes Stiffness?
While there are a number of causes of stiffness, the most common cause is arthritis, a condition that affects many pets especially the large breed dogs. Other causes of stiffness include:
- Scotty Cramp
- Muscle strain
- Inflammatory joint disease
- Inflamed vertebrae
- Anal sac tumors
- Bone cancer
Help for Stiffness
Natural Herbal and Homeopathic Remedies related to stiffness Herbal and homeopathic ingredients have been used to treat joint and muscle problems for centuries and they can be most beneficial when looking for a natural way to treat your pet. Devil’s Claw is a firm favorite when treating arthritis or other inflammatory condition as it acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory and has anti-rheumatic properties.
Another very beneficial natural ingredient is Glucosamine Sulphate which can be used to ease pain and inflammation, increase mobility and assist in the repair of aging and damaged joints. Other natural ingredients recommended for the treatment of joint or muscle related stiffness include Spirulina, Calc. Flour., Nat. Phos., Nat Sulph.
More Information on Stiffness
Tips for managing stiffness in your pets
- Elevating your pet’s food and water bowels will help reduce pain or discomfort associated with any neck or back stiffness.
- Exercise is an essential part of keeping muscles and joints flexible and strong, so make sure your pet gets adequate daily exercise.
- While exercise is important, make sure your pet doesn’t over-do it. Many pets are eager to please and often can’t resist a game despite the fact that they are in pain. Watch for signs of discomfit and judge how much exercise is good for your pet, and when it starts to cause additional strain.
- Keep your pet slim and healthy. Obese pets are far more likely to struggle with joint disease than other pets, so aim at keeping your pet at it’s ideal weight.
- Provide your pet with a comfortable and accessible bed that provides adequate cushioning of the joints. A foam mattress or large cushion often does the trick.
- Keep your pet warm. Make sure their bed is in a draft free area and for particularly cold or painful nights; consider putting your pet to bed with a hot water bottle (filled with warm water).
- Ramps can help ease the pain and discomfort of having to jump. Consider putting ramps in areas where your pet often has to jump up or down to get to.
- Groom your pet regularly as a stiff pet often cannot reach around to scratch or clean like they used to. This can result in your pet’s coat becoming dirty or matted.