Arthritis is one of the oldest known diseases â€“ it is believed early humans and even dinosaurs suffered from the condition.
Today, osteoarthritis affects nearly 27 million Americans, however, this chronic condition can also have an impact on our pets. For people living with arthritis, there is a great opportunity to work with your beloved pet to get active and manage arthritis together.
Regular exercise is an important part of maintaining good health. If you have a pet, exercising together is a great way to "work up a sweat."
Dog owners can take their dog out on walks or light jogs each day. Just be sure not to push your dog or yourself too hard!
Cat owners are more likely to notice how often cats stretch. Use this as a cue for you to stretch and stay active. Use either an upright chair or sit down on the floor beside your cat if it's comfortable. Some simple light stretches can go a long way - you don't need to sweat to keep active.
Pets can have a positive impact on a person's outlook and boost owners' attitudes. If you don't have a pet, consider adopting one from a nearby shelter or "dog-sitting" for your next-door neighbor.
Like keeping ourselves healthy, caring for a pet can be challenging. Here are some tips to help you along the way:
- Regular exercise is important! Make it a priority for at least 10 minutes a day for both you and your pet
- If taking your dog out for a walk after dark, use an arthritis-friendly flashlight like the Oval LED Walk Light to limit arm and wrist strain
- A yank from eager canines can cause wear and tear on your joints. Choose leashes like the RuffGrip Dog Leash, which offers extra padding, leather lining, and is light weight for extra control
- Pets require going to the veterinarian at least once a year, so consider making your doctor's appointment around the same time you make your pet's
- Before beginning an exercise program, be sure to consult both your doctor and veterinarian
What do you enjoy doing most with your pet? Leave your answer in the comment section below!
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