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Body Aches

Body Aches

Herbal treatments to help reduce body aches and relieve swollen joints in areas such as the knees of cats and dogs.

The canine and feline musculoskeletal system has many components including bones, blood vessels, joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves, tendons, and support organs that include the liver, kidneys, and adrenal glands. Age, injuries and wear and tear can undermine your pet’s joints and connective tissue, causing stiff and aching joints, degenerative disease and trigger inflammatory responses throughout the body.

Pets have body and muscle aches and swollen joints just as humans do. Body aches can cause intense discomfort and pain, especially during colder seasons. Dogs and cats are both affected, although larger dog breeds such as German Shepherds, Labradors and Golden Retrievers are more prone to swollen joints.

Body aches related to age, wear and tear of joints, fever and being overweight can also lead to joint swelling. Swelling of the joints is often associated with muscle and joint problems such as tenderness, warmth, redness, inflammation, stiffness and pain. It is most likely a sign of arthritis, a gradual degenerative joint disease.

If you notice any swelling of your pet’s limbs, consult your vet immediately and take preventative measures so more serious health complications do not develop.

Symptoms and signs of body aches:

The common symptoms and signs of muscle and joint disorders include:

Morning stiffness

Reduced activity

Pain in the joints

Limping

Whining or crying when getting up or being picked up

Joint of the affected limb thickens

Favoring one limb over the other

Lethargy

Difficulty sitting or standing

Reluctance to jump, run or climbing stairs

Clicking when walking

Swollen joints in dogs and cats various can be caused by various muscle and joint conditions which include:

Arthritis

Osteoarthritis

Trauma injury to the joint

Sprains or strains

Hip dysplasia

Spondylosis

Spondylitis

Viral infections

Tumors of the joint

Genetic factors

Degenerative joint disease

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies are well known for their safe, effective, therapeutic and protective effect on muscle and joint health, to smooth muscles and reduce muscle contraction, to help strengthen and support healthy joints and reduce symptoms of pain and inflammation.

Taking preventative measures and making lifestyle changes for your pet such as weight loss, proper nutrition, regular exercise and adding natural supplements (shark cartilage and cat’s claw extract, which contain glucosamine, msm, chondroitin and hyaluronic acid) can make a significant difference in reducing your pet’s body aches. In addition, a more holistic approach might include acupuncture, chiropractic therapy or massage.

Joint Ease Super Dog & Cat – (learn more) contains plant and marine extracts that promote preventative and reparative support to rebuild tissue, joints, bones and muscles, supports healthy immune and inflammatory response, for rheumatism, for arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatism, Degenerative Joint Disease, Intervertebral Disk Disease and arthrosis, for muscle pains, strains, injuries and other degenerative joint related diseases, for pain, as a pain reliever for swelling and lack of mobility, for overall optimal health and function and as a natural alternative for tumors and cysts.

I Feel Good –  (learn more) promotes healthy immune response, reduces inflammation, provides dermal support and growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s defense mechanism, reduces the histamine trigger for contact allergies, seasonal and chronic allergens, pathogens, skin rashes, infections, hot spots, inflammation, swelling, hair loss, itching and geriatria (dull coat, lethargy), for all types of arthritis, including Degenerative Joint Disease, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and symptoms associated with rheumatism, including pain, strains, injuries, muscle pain, swelling and lack of mobility.

Life’s An Itch (learn more) promotes optimal immune response, reduces acute and chronic seasonal allergies and irritations including contact, food, skin, atopic and parasitic allergens, reduces respiratory disorders, relieves wheezing, chest discomfort and sinus inflammation, soothes smooth muscles and tissues, alleviates respiratory congestion, as a bronchodilator, for asthma, coughs, pneumonia, laryngitis, esophaghitis (GERD, reflux), rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, COPD, relieves viral and bacterial infections, hot spots, swelling, inflammation, hair loss, soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, and works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infections.

Feed your pet a high quality, balanced diet that contains all the essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients

Include omega fatty acids into your pet’s diet as it benefits joint support

Avoid overfeeding your pet and make sure that a healthy weight is maintained – if your cat or dog is overweight, the excess weight on the joint can cause pain

Use portable ramps to elevate food and water dishes, thereby making it easier for your to eat or drink

Use rubber mats on floors to protect your pet from slipping

Exercise your pet regularly to avoid joint conditions - avoid too little or too much exercise

Incorporate supplements such as glucosamine to stimulate the growth of cartilage

If your pet is suffering, reduce discomfort by getting an orthopaedic bed or install a ramp to make climbing stairs easier

Ensure that your pets living environment is warm and dry as the cold affects the joints and increases pain

Related Products:

Soothed & Serene – (learn more) is used to relax and calm all bodily systems, to soothe animals exhibiting all types of  destructive behavior due to anxiety, fear, grief, separation, pain, illness, allergies, aggression, socialization issues, electrical and thunder storms due to its calming, mildly sedative and nervine effects that can bridge nutritional deficiencies and relieve irregularity in bodily systems, restore emotional balance, promote comfort, relaxation, balanced mood and feelings of security.

Serenity Zen Dog & Cat - (learn more) is used for its multi-level support to soothe, relax, calm and provide pain relief to nerves, muscles and all bodily systems (Adrenal, Cardiovascular, Digestive, Excretory, Respiratory, Autonomic and Central Nervous Systems), for anxiety disorders, allergies, digestive colic, storms, travel, boarding, vet visits, separation, restlessness, irritability, depression, ADHD and ADD, to maintain normal electrical balance in the brain, reduce neuro inflammation and modulate inflammatory response.

Conventional Remedies:

The diagnosis of body aches are based on the symptoms presented, and a thorough physical assessment of your pet’s joints. Your veterinarian will carry out blood tests, x-rays and fluid samples to confirm the diagnosis and rule out other conditions.

The aim of conventional treatment for swollen joints is to manage pain, reduce inflammation and ease discomfort. Your vet may prescribe medications such analgesics and non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like Prednisone, Palaprin or Dermaxx.

Keep in mind that long-term use of these medications can cause serious side effects such as vomiting, diarrhea, damage to the joint and cartilage, liver and kidneys. Resting the joint is very important and treating the affected area with immobilization and medications can also minimize symptoms and speed recovery. In more severe cases, joint surgery, splinting or casting may be necessary.

 

 

 

 

 


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