Nutrition is also an important component in management of any pet with joint problems.
A good diet has two functions - to keep a healthy body weight, and also to nourish the damaged joint and provide elements for repair of the damaged cartilage.
Being overweight has a significant effect on the progression of arthritis, and this effect is magnified the heavier an animal becomes. Diets, such as Hills J/D and Royal Canin Mobility Support, are specially formulated to maintain body weight whilst being rich in anti-oxidants and joint restorative elements such as glucosamine or chondroitin.
We would also recommend that owners keep a record of body weight for a dog or cat with arthritis. It can be difficult for pets with arthritis to keep their weight down, as the arthritis reduced their movement and play and exercise.
For more information about weight loss in pets please read our section on Weight and Weight Loss.
Read on for Lifestyle Modification changes which can help for animals with arthritis.