DID YOU KNOW THAT 90% OF CATS OVER 12 HAVE EVIDENCE OF DEGENERATIVE JOINT DISEASE ??
Osteoarthritis occurs when the normal cartilage that cushions the joint is worn away, exposing the bone and resulting in discomfort. Often un-recognized in cats due to their ability to mask signs of disease and because cats exhibit a more passive behavior to disguise pain, osteoarthritis in cats often goes untreated.
Subtle symptoms of pain can include overall reduced activity (sleeping a lot , changes in grooming habits, reduced interaction with family members, and reluctance to jump. There is no cure for arthritis but here are some options to improve the quality of your cat’s life. Early treatment is key!!
GLYCO-FLEX II CHEWS: contain a unique blend of MSM, Glucosamine HCL, Perna Caniliculus and DMG to support proper joint and connective tissue function and helps block enzymes in joints that break down cartilage. This chicken liver flavored treat is guaranteed to be palatable to your cat or your money back!!
HILL’S PRESCRIPTION DIET J/D: contains omega-3 fatty acids which nourish cartilage and help maintain kidney health in your older feline. Also controlled phosphorous and high carnitine helps maintain lean muscle mass. Clinically proven to help cats be more active in 28 days! Palatability guaranteed or your money back!! Watch this video:
FREE FORM FATTY ACIDS: this brand contains the best EPA & DHA source that can be utilized by a cat’s digestive tract. For joint pain and inflammation EPA/DHA must be dosed at 180 mg / 10 lbs. Don’t be fooled by bargain brands. They won’t work!! Also comes with a money back guarantee if your cat won’t eat it. These atty acids also play a key role in supporting kidney, brain and heart function!!
LASER THERAPY: deep penetrating light relieves pain and inflammation through release of endorphins, accelerates tissue repair and growth, improves nerve function.
NSAIDS: Meloxicam is the first NSAID licensed for long-term use in cats. It has been shown to be effective in managing arthritis and significant side effects are rare.
OTHER CONSIDERATIONS FOR YOUR OLDER CAT:
Keep food, water, and litter box on one level in your home to avoid climbing stairs. Cut a low opening in the litter box to make it easier to climb in. Provide soft beds for sore joints in a quiet place, or use igloo beds or cardboard boxes for warmth and security. If your cat is overweight, reduce it’s food ration by 10% to encourage gradual weight loss and avoid excessive treats. Contact our office to discuss the best options for your feline family member!!