January 20, 2014

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common ailments affecting older dogs and cats.  This painful condition greatly affects your pets’ mobility and quality of life.  Treatment of arthritis requires a multi-modal approach.  Joint health supplements such as glucosamine, chondroitin and fish oil, anti-inflammatory medications, pain medications, weight loss, acupuncture, physical therapy, and even stem cell therapy are just some of the tools we use to try to control arthritis pain in our patients. 

Often we overlook a very important component, what does the pet rest on most of the time?  Providing support for aging bones, joints, and aching muscles is extremely important in helping your pet stay mobile.  The best type of bedding in my opinion for pets suffering from osteoarthritis is a memory foam orthopedic foam bed.  

Orthopedic memory foam holds its shape, conforms to your pet’s body, and does not slip and slide around on the floor like a blanket or poly-fill bed would.  This allows your pet better support when resting and better traction when rising. 

I have three Great Danes, and they are much more comfortable since we invested in BuddyRest orthopedic beds for them.  Their ability to get moving, especially first thing in the morning has increased dramatically!