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Stiffness

Herbal treatments for lethargic cats and dogs to help relieve symptoms of stiffness in their joints.

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.

The immune system requires a multidimensional approach of nutritional factors directed at facilitating normal function and is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated, supporting healthy immune response, enhancing growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s defense mechanism, for all types of arthritis, cancer, tumors, to protect healthy cellular response, to protect against invasion by potential allergens and pathogens, for most types of viral and bacterial diseases and diseases and for all types of inflammation and auto immune diseases.

Pets just like humans are susceptible to muscle and joint conditions such as swollen joints. Swollen joints 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.

Age, wear and tear of the joints over time as well as 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.

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.

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.

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

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
  • Eclampsia
  • Muscle strain
  • Hipdysplasia
  • Inflammatory joint disease
  • Inflamed vertebrae
  • Anal sac tumors
  • Bone cancer

A few things that you as a pet owner can do at home is to ensure that your pet maintains a healthy weight, eats a well balanced, premium diet to boost the immune system and encourage gentle exercise such as walking and swimming.

Taking preventative measures and making certain lifestyle changes such as weight loss, proper nutrition, regular exercise and adding natural supplements (glucosamine, ester-c, msm, chondroitin and hyaluronic acid can make a significant difference to your pet’s joint health. A more holistic approach that includes acupuncture, chiropractic therapy or massage can also reduce your pet’s symptoms and improve overall health and

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal and marine treatments are used to treat joint stiffness, to ease pain and inflammation, increase mobility and assist in the repair of aging and damaged joints, for joint or muscle related stiffness, to boost immunity, flush toxins and promote complete cellular health, to reduce symptoms of pain and inflammation; as an anti-inflammatory, to support the joints and skeletal system as well as overall health, in the treatment of degenerative joint diseases and to alleviate pain and inflammation.

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Manage your pet’s weight by controlling his diet – if your pet is overweight, it puts more strain on their joints and exacerbates symptoms

Make sure that your pet receives adequate but gentle exercise – walking your dog three times per day and swimming will help to maintain muscle strength and movement. Steer clear of strenuous activities that involves lots of running such as playing fetch or throwing a Frisbee

Feed your dog or cat a healthy, high quality or all natural diet that contains all the essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients

Build ramps so that your pet does not have to walk up stairs

Elevate food and water bowls to make eating and drinking easier for pets

Provide a soft and comfortable sleeping environment (like an old mattress) or invest in an orthopedic foam bed for your pet

Keep your dog warm during cold weather when joint conditions usually worsen – make sure you add more blankets to his bed, slip a pet sweater on him and keep your home heated

Apply a hot water bottle, heating pads or warm, soaked towels on the affected areas to relieve pain and stiffness

Massage your pet or ask your vet to perform physical therapy on the affected area to soothe and promote range of movement

Ensure that your pet has sufficient rest, especially during the recovery period

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Conventional Remedies:

 

The diagnoses of swollen joints are based on the symptoms presented, and a thorough physical assessment of your pet’s joints. Certain tests such as blood tests, x-rays and fluid samples from the joint may be needed to confirm the diagnosis and rule out other conditions.

 

Your vet may prescribe anti-inflammatory and analgesic medications which include acetaminophen, NSAIDS, and corticosteroids to control pain and reduce joint swelling. 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.

 

Treatment for arthritis may be medical or surgical. Nonsurgical therapies include weight reduction (never underestimate the importance of this), controlled exercise on soft surfaces and/or hydrotherapy, and applying warm compresses, such as hot water bottles to those aching, stiff joints.

 

Conventional medicine also makes use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) such as aspirin, meloxicam, carprofen, phenylbutazone and corticosteroids. These act by blocking certain pathways in the pain response but long-term use must be carefully considered as adverse effects include gastro-intestinal problems such as poor appetite, vomiting and gastro-intestinal ulcers.

 

Surgical options include joint fusion, joint replacement such as hip replacement, joint excision and amputation.

There’s no way to prevent arthritic changes whether they’re simply due to the ageing process or because of earlier trauma to the joint. Certainly prompt treatment of any suspected joint or bone injury is highly recommended and making sure that your pet doesn’t become overweight will minimize the chances of arthritis developing.

 

More serious cases of arthritis or osteoarthritis may require surgery such as joint replacement or removal as well as reconstructive procedures to repair or rebuild joint cartilages. Alternative treatments such as physical therapy, hydrotherapy and massage may also be beneficial in increasing range of motion.

 

 

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