Arthritis: What You Can Do at Home

Caring for your arthritic pet involves paying attention to his comfort.

By Joan Hustace Walker

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Cheryl Schwartzs book Four Paws, Five Directions is an excellent resource for learning acupressure, but it would be even better to have hands-on training. Most holistic veterinarians skilled in Asian medicine will be more than happy to show you what acupressure points benefit your pets condition, as well as teach you how to perform acupressure.

Educate Yourself         
Empower yourself with knowledge. The more you know, the more you will understand, and the better you will be able to seek out the best possible care for your pet. New studies and theories are constantly emerging from the field of veterinary medicine. If you stay on top of the emerging treatments in both conventional and complementary veterinary medicine, you will be a much more informed consumer and reap the benefits of this. To get started on learning more about arthritis, refer to the selected bibliography for a list of books, magazines, journals, and websites.

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Reprinted from The Essential Guide to Natural Pet Care for Dogs & Cats: Arthritis © 1999. Permission granted by BowTie Press.

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Janet    Bethlehem, PA

7/31/2010 6:05:18 AM

good to know as my boys are over 10 years old already thanks

Val    Littlestown, PA

3/24/2010 4:38:29 PM

We have Fred. An estimated 12 year old veteran of some unknown hard times in his past that left him with a leg problem and retina damage.
Fred loves heat. When he feels bad he wants more heat. He uses our heating pad, in fact he expects us to hand it over on command. He loves space heaters,and he loves to sit around the wood stove.
The heat source is a constant help to him in every way. My suggestion is to make several types of heat available for your cat. Like a (monitored . do not just leave the cat on the pad ) and perhaps a space heater could make life happier for a hurting cat.

KinKy    Lake City, FL

11/12/2009 7:53:50 PM

So far my oldest cats don't show signs of having arthritis, but I am still considerate of their needs, and have already given them ways to take it easy. Like the little table by my bed, to make the jump half as high ... which I have bumped into sooo many times, I'll be the one in need soon!

Chrystal    Westminster, CO

5/4/2009 1:31:07 PM

Great info!

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