Cold Weather Aches and How to Deal with Them
Many people with arthritis will testify that they feel more pain during cold weather. The same holds true for animals that suffer from the effects of arthritis. Common signs of arthritis in our pets are
- Reluctance to Move. You may notice that your dog or cat is reluctant to do things that previously were not a problem for them.
- Limping/ Lameness.
- Yelping when Touched. Changing Behaviour including toilet related accidents
- Licking, Chewing, & Biting.
- Inactivity – very common in cats
- Muscle wastage
What is Arthritis?
First, what is arthritis? The most common type, is the type that is related to age, or wear and tear, called osteoarthritis. It starts with damaged cartilage of the joint. Cartilage is a firm but flexible connective tissue that is found between the bones within the joints – including the joints of the knees, hips, and so on.
When the cartilage in the joints begins to erode over a pet’s life, or when it is damaged due to injury to the joint, the bones in the joint are allowed to come into direct contact with each other, eventually resulting in the erosion of and further damage to the bone. The joints most likely to be affected are the weight bearing joints; those in the pelvis, knees, ankles and spine.
What may begin as mild discomfort over time becomes increasingly painful, and this is especially true for animals that are overweight, as the weight places excess pressure on the bones in the joints.
Although arthritis is a progressive disease without a cure, some of the pain can be alleviated; in some cases, the disease’s progress can even be slowed. Treatment plans often include a healthy, reduced-calorie diet, therapeutic exercise, massage, and anti-inflammatory medications and/or supplements. For some pets, alternative therapies may also be considered.
Weight Control or Reduction
One of the best things you can do for your pet through out their lives is to maintain healthy body weight, this is especially true when they are getting older. Healty weight ensures there are reduced additioan pressure on the already stressed joints.
However, before you make any drastic food changes -- either in type or amount -- you should check with your veterinarian.
Activity and Exercise
If possible, it is best to take keep your dog and cat mobile. With dogs, you can start with short walks or if there is an option – swimming is a great exercise for arthritic dogs since it is a non-weight bearing activity. With cats, you can try toys in increase play in doors). Alternatively, pet physiotherapy is a great week to keep those aching joints moving!
Increased mobility helps the joints produce healthy fluid around the joints that lubricates and protects them from injuries.
Medications and Supplements
There are some medications that may help your pet, depending on the severity of the arthritis. Your veterinarian can prescribe an anti-inflammatory or corticosteroid drug for your dog to reduce inflammation.
Dietary supplements generally do not require a prescription such as the Hempooch hemp seed oil range which helps to reduce the inflammation in the aching joints and keep your pet mobile with minimal side effects.
What are the benefits?
Hemp Seeds are a rich source of nutrients and are widely used as a superfood. The benefits of Hemp Seed are concentrated into Hemp Seed Oil, which inspires Hempooch™ pet care products.
It doesn't stop there - Hemp Seed Oil is a rich source of anti-inflammatory fatty acids and proteins which play an important part in your best friend’s health and wellbeing.
Hemp Seed Oil helps reduce inflammation and provides good support for maintaining healthy skin, joints, and improving overall wellbeing.
Combined with a healthy balanced diet, Hempooch™ Hemp Seed Oil products helps pets of all shapes and sizes get the most out of every day.
What are Hemp Seeds?
Hemp Seeds have a history that dates back thousands of years. There is even an argument that Hemp Seed was one of the earliest plants to be cultivated. Today, Hemp Seed is a commodity that is grown and traded all over the world as a food source, for use in textiles, cosmetics, and lots more.
It’s great for humans and animals and it's 100% legal in Australia.
The Benefits of Hempooch™ Hemp Seed Oil
Hempooch™ Hemp Seed Oil is 100% natural and organic.
Our Hemp Seed Oil is safe for your pet and unlocks a range of benefits allowing your pet to get the most out of life, everyday.
Hempooch™ Hemp Seed Oil is:
- A great source of Omega Oil
- Contains Gamma Linolenic Acid
- A great alternative to Fish Oil
- Chemical free
- Raw organic
- Cruelty free
- Best of all its 100% Australian grown, processed, and owned
What makes Hempooch™ different?
When you see Hempooch™, you know quality is guaranteed. Crafted by a team of veterinarians and scientists to harness the benefits of Hemp Seed Oil.
We take sustainability seriously, and Hempooch™ Hemp Seed Oil is environmentally friendly, chemical free, cruelty free, and all natural based.
We want the best for your pets and would never give you something we wouldn't give to our own. We thoroughly test our products to make sure they are of high standards and in line with Australian regulations.
Keeping your dog comfortable and warm is important during the cold season. Providing your dog with a well-padded bed in a warm indoor location or placing a heated blanket (make sure it’s pet safe) in his bed can make all the difference in his outlook. Special equipment, such as ramps to go up and down stairs or onto higher furniture, can allow your dog the ability to move freely throughout the house and to go in and out of the house easier.