Elderly pets are more prone to age related arthritis than younger pets. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, pets with arthritis develop pain in the joints and often require medication or natural supplements to help alleviate the soreness and pain they feel. Other products can also help alleviate the symptoms of arthritis.
AVMA recommends that you keep your pet comfortable with soft bedding. Give lots of love and attention and provide accommodations for feeding if necessary.
Orthopedic beds, stair steps to help an animal up to higher places (so they don’t have to jump), raised feeding platforms, etc. can help make your arthritic pet’s life more comfortable.
Warming blankets may help soothe your elderly pet’s aching joints. And non slip surfaces may make it easier for your pet to get up more easily. Lift harnesses and strollers can help you help your pet, regardless of their size or ability.
In some cases, pets with arthritis may begin to soil themselves, so a waterless shampoo can help clean soiled areas between bathing.
If your elderly pet develops symptoms of arthritis, or if you suspect your pet is in any pain or discomfort, take him to the vet for a diagnosis and evaluate different treatment options.
We highly recommend pet insurance for parents of elderly pets. Arthritis is a very treatable condition that many elderly pets develop and pet insurance can often help pay for many of the treatments, medications or surgical procedures your vet may recommend. Visit our pet insurance facts page for more information about pet insurance and other products that have helped our elderly pets live longer, better lives.
Below are some products that may help your arthritic elderly pet feel better. We’ve researched a wide variety of pet products and suggest these highly recommended products for your elderly pet.