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Koteburo February 11th, 2012 07:35 PM

Mild joint pain
 
What would be good to ease mild joint pain due to age?
My parents 17 year old Hilda is in good shape, active and beautiful as always but with the years sometimes they notice a little of joint pain that makes harder for her to groom (that's why they take her to a grooming pet place) and jump high (she still does those things it's just harder for her sometimes)
She is on vitamins that are for senior cats and they do wonders for her.
Today in Pet Planet I saw these drops and pills that are for the relief of joint pain which made me wonder if they're good or what would be good or perhaps a natural remedy ?

sugarcatmom February 11th, 2012 11:12 PM

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Today in Pet Planet I saw these drops and pills that are for the relief of joint pain which made me wonder if they're good or what would be good or perhaps a natural remedy ?[/QUOTE]

Glucosamine can help some cats with arthritis. I like Cosequin or Dasuquin (only available from a vet or online). Adequan injections are another option. Aztec is on both and they seem to help. The Adequan injections can be expensive but if you learn how to do them yourself at home, it will cut down on the cost considerably (as long as the vet is willing to sell you a vial).

Other natural remedies are MSM, green lipped muscle, cetyl myristoleate, hyaluronic acid, and omega3 EFAs.

Providing heated cat beds and pet stairs for easy access to beds and sofas is a good idea.

I take Aztec for acupuncture and osteopathy treatments on occasion and I'd say these have probably had the biggest impact. There's also laser and infrared treatments and pulsed light therapy.

[url]http://www.facekitty.com/2009/04/arthritis-in-cats-holistic-tre.html[/url]

So ya, there's lots that can be done. Some of it will be trial and error to find what works best for the individual kitty. And if pain becomes crippling, perhaps a narcotic pain med like Buprenex might be needed.

Koteburo February 11th, 2012 11:53 PM

Thank you so much SCM I'll pass this info to my parents so we can keep our little goddess happy and pain free ♥

Longblades February 12th, 2012 11:26 AM

I'm giving our 19 year old Cartrophen Vet injections, once every two weeks. It's sub-q, I do it myself and it's much cheaper this way than going to the Vet. Plus much less stress on the cat. Cartrophen is very similar to Adequan.

Oh, and yes, I do see enough of an improvement to keep on with it.

The Vet pre-loads the syringes for me and 5 cost $27.


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