“I had some trouble getting up this morning, my hind legs were sore. And when I wanted to jump up on the counter, I missed the mark and fell down. I can still do some of my usual things but I’m feeling pretty slow these days.” – Love, your senior pet
Is your dog a little slow to rise from his bed? Is your cat taking that extra moment to think about jumping on the counter before she does it? These can be signs of a common aging change for your senior pet: a decrease in mobility.
You may notice some of these changes but many owners don’t realize that their older loved ones may be living in chronic discomfort. As pets age, they can be affected by arthritis and muscle loss, making some of their usual activities more difficult and causing various degrees of discomfort.
While we’re not going to be able to have Fido running a cross-country marathon or having Fluffy jump a 12 ft fence, we can most certainly help keep them comfortable during their senior years with therapy, supplements, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS) or a combination of each.
With the guidance of your vet, these are some of the options to keep your aging pet as comfortable as possible:
- Laser therapy: A therapeutic laser is used on any obvious areas of discomfort, increasing blood flow and other “goodies” to those sites to aid in your pet’s comfort
- Glucosamine or Omega Supplements: The use of natural supplements (capsule, oil, pills) can help lubricate your pet’s aging joints, naturally reducing inflammation
- Cartrophen: A prescription injection that is used to help maintain joint health and reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS): A prescription medication to actively reduce inflammation, reducing pain in the process