Pet Health

How magnetic collars could help improve pet health.

Magnetic Collars – Magnotherapy For Dogs & Cats

Magno therapy for pets

Magnetic collars are all the rage with pet owners! 

Magnetic therapy or ‘magnotherapy for pets’ has a large and growing following. Pet owners have experienced how the power of magnets in wristbands and bracelets, can help reduce their own aches and pains. Because of this many pet owners are more willing to try out magnetic collars for dogs and cats.

How do magnetic collars for pets work?

It is not conclusive but it is thought that when magnets are built into a collar, the magnets could aid circulation, thus increasing blood flow and oxygen delivery via the lungs. It is this oxygen enriched blood that flows to your pets organs and around their bodies, enhancing internal health and helping to maintain strong bones and healthy joints.

It is thought that magnetic fields help to increase the adherence of calcium ions to a blood clot, speeding up the healing process. Magnets can be effective treatment for periods of lameness caused by growth spurts in young and developing animals helping to heal and promote healthy growth.

In animal medicine, magnet therapy could be implemented to help fractures heal faster. Magnets can work in unison with conventional treatments for conditions including: arthritiship and joint pain relief and disorders effecting the vertebra and spine. and could complement

It is important to understand magnetic collars should not be used as a treatment for infectious diseases or cancers – Pet owners should always seek vetinary advice to rule out underlying illness. Your vet will be able to discuss treatment options, including the suitability of using a magnetic pet collar with you.

Pet owners who have cardiac pacemakers should be aware that use of magnetic collars & magnetic therapy can effect how their pacemaker  functions, especially when close to items with magnets built in them.

How can you tell if your dog or cat has arthritis?

Dogs & Other Pets Can Get Arthritis

Dogs and pets can get arthritis

Stiff joints and aches and pains are problems that many of us suffer from as we age. Dogs and other pets also suffer similar effects of ageing. 

Arthritis is the name given to swelling or inflammation of the joints. Dogs in particular can suffer badly with aches and pains, common problem areas for dogs are legs, hips and back. Also swollen paws and ankle joints can make walking and running painful. 

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What causes arthritis in dogs and other pets?

Arthritis in dogs and other pets is largely the result of ageing and wear and tear on bones, joints and cartilage. It can be made worse by things like damp and cold weather, issues with food intolerances and in some cases as a symptom of other underlying illness.

How can I tell if my dog or cat has arthritis?

If you have older pets and have noticed they are struggling to get up, or they have become slower when walking and less energetic, the chances are they are suffering from arthritis or rheumatic conditions due to old age. Arthritis  is often worse first thing in the morning when your pets have been sleeping in a fixed position for a long period, they may find it hard to stand or get up, they could be stiff and less able to walk freely. Similarly in the evening, especially if they have been active during the day, their joints are likely to be more inflamed and ache, so they will probably want to rest or sleep. 

How is arthritis diagnosed in dogs and other pets?

If you suspect your pets have arthritis, you should take them along to your vet for assessment. Your vet can visually check joints and use some mild manipulation to see if there are issues with movement and flexibility. Blood tests can be done if it is not immediately obvious, these will check inflammation levels but can also be used to rule out conditions and disease which might be causing pain, swelling or other underlying problems.

Symptoms to look out for

  • Lethargy
  • Depression
  • Weight gain
  • Difficulty getting up
  • Lameness in one or more legs
  • Reduced activity, less willing or able to climbing steps, struggles to stand or walk.

What treatments are available for pets with arthritis?

There are numerous treatments for arthritis and rheumatism in pets. Dogs with arthritis can be prescribed NSAIDs (Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs), in the same way these are prescribed for humans, these drugs can reduce inflammation, swelling and reduce pain levels. However as with humans prolonged use of NSAIDs can cause issues with the stomach and gut which can lead to other complications.

Are there natural treatments for pets with Arthritis or rheumatism?

There are a number of natural and plant based treatments specially developed for treating pets with  arthritis and rheumatism, it is important to remember some supplements are unsuitable for some pets, typically dogs and cats can take many supplements humans can but other pets these can be extremely harmful so it is always important to check suitability with your vet!

Also dosage in pets is usually dependent on their weight so it is vitally important you check and adhere to the guidance on the recommended dosage instructions. Natural treatments for inflammation and arthritis in pets include: 

  •  CBD (Cannabidiol) Cannabis Oils – Is currently the hot new natural treatment in human circles. It is thought that CBD oils possibly also have beneficial effects for pets with inflammation.

  • Turmeric Curcumin & Ginger – These two root herbs are extremely popular, they  are used daily by a growing number of humans, the anti inflammatory effects of turmeric and ginger are also likely to have an effect in naturally lowering the inflammation in pets.

  • Glucosamine & Chondroitin – Are natural complex sugars, the two are powerful anti-inflammatories. It is thought that they play an essential role in the maintenance and regeneration of healthy cartilage. Lower doses can be given to dogs and sometimes cats to combat the effects of rheumatic disorders and arthritis. Together they can help prolong the life of joints and cartilage, thus reducing inflammation.

  • Glucosamine & Chondroitin – Are natural complex sugars, the two are powerful anti-inflammatories. It is thought that they play an essential role in the maintenance and regeneration of healthy cartilage. Lower doses can be given to dogs and sometimes cats to combat the effects of rheumatic disorders and arthritis. Together they can help prolong the life of joints and cartilage, thus reducing inflammation.

  • Fatty Acids (OMEGA Oils) – 3, 6, 9 OMEGA oils are known to have inflammation fighting properties.
How to prevent diabetes in pets.

Diabetes In Pets

Diabetes in pets

Diabetes – A growing issue for pet owners

Dogs and cats age at a much faster rate than people. Typically for every human year, your dog or cat ages between 6 to 8 years. As your pets age their nutritional needs change. All pet’s require suitable food to provide an overall balanced diet. Foods containing sugar, salt and excessive fat are much more harmful to pets, and feeding pets snacks and food meant for human consumption is extremely bad for pet health and can lead to diseases like diabetes and even cholesterol.

Most quality ‘complete’ pet foods are manufactured to provide a balanced diet with enough protein, fibre, fats, vitamins, and minerals required for a healthy diet. Occasional pet treats are fine as long as they are produced as treats for pets (NOT human snacks, sweets or candy). As your pets ages, switching to a mature animal feed is recommended (especially dogs and cats), mature complex food can ensure your pets get extra essential nutrients but with reduced fats.

Diabetes is common in pets that are overweight. If your pet/s are over weight, constantly thirsty or drinking, there is a good chance they have developed diabetes. A urine test or blood test by your vet can provide confirmation. The best way to prevent diabetes is to ensure your pets are at a healthy weight and have a healthy diet. It is possible, if caught early to reverse diabetes or manage it with diet, exercise and food. However in many cases where it is not possible your pets will require medication to manage their diabetes, this is usually in the form of tablets however in some cases pets will require insulin injections.

Diabetes Symptoms

  • Urinates frequently - Your pet has started to need the toilet more than usual, they may also be having accidents inside.
  • Always Thirsty - They are constantly thirsty, they are drinking more than usual and you are having to refill their water.
  • Weight Loss - They have lost weight.
  • Always Hungry - Eating more but not satisfied, begging for more food.
  • Coat has deteriorated - Coat/fur has become dry and dull, hair is falling out or patchy.
  • Eyes Cloudy - (Dogs only).
  • Lack of Energy - Tired wanting to sleep more, less keen or able to exercise & walk.

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Diabetes Prevention

Steps to help prevent diabetes

  • Healthy Weight - Ensure your pets are a healthy weight.
  • Switch Food - Switch to a weight loss and diabetes control food like Virbac W1.
  • Limit treats - Only feed your pets 'Pet Treats', your pets health can be damaged by sugary/salty/fatty snacks.
  • Daily Exercise - Ensure your pets, especially dogs, get daily exercise. A walk has great health benefits for owners as well as dogs.