What are the signs of pain in my pet?
Since every pet is different, they may exhibit one or more of these signs:
Changes in behavior - being uncharacteristically grumpy or snappy, missing the litter box or having accidents in the house, sleeping or hiding more, lack of interest in joining family activities, lack of grooming activity, or even excessive panting and pacing.
Changes in appetite - usually a decreased or more picky appetite, having difficulty chewing, or signs of drooling or teeth grinding.
Changes in mobility - having more difficulty going up stairs, jumping onto the bed or couch or into the car, trembling or shaking, obvious stiffness or lameness when getting up or walking.
How does an orthopedic bed help my pet's arthritis pain?
For years humans have had the opportunity to sleep on memory foam or other orthopedic support mattresses with amazing results in reducing pain and increasing sleep quality.
Now our pets have the same opportunity with the development of memory foam orthopedic pet beds. The memory foam molds around their body and joints, and provides support without pressure points, which translates into more pain free sleep, and less stiffness and soreness during the day.
Since most pets spend a lot more time sleeping than we do, spending time on this type of bed can ease a lot of their pain, or even help prevent joint damage from the typical hard surfaces they usually pick to lie on.
What are some other things I can do to help keep my pet free of pain and healthy longer?
One of the most important things you can do is keep your pet at a healthy weight. Over- weight pets are so much more prone to arthritis, heart disease, liver and kidney disease, diabetes, and even cancer. It has been clinically proven that being overweight can shorten a pet’s life span by almost 2 years!
A healthy mouth is also critical. 80% of pets over 3 years of age have dental disease, and this can translate into pain, chronic infection, and damage to organs such as kidneys and heart. Brushing teeth regularly is crucial, but if that is impossible there are products that can help maintain clean teeth after a dental cleaning like our easy to use Healthy Mouth products.
In addition, giving them regular exercise, a good diet, and regular checkups with your veterinarian for early detection and intervention of any health issues can go a long way in helping your pet live a longer, healthier life.