Arthritis Remedy for Dogs and Cats: The Power of Warmth by da-AL

Winter can cruel to aging warm-blooded pets. The best arthritis advice I received was when my great vet told me, “Just get them through the winter.”

Cropped photo of someone in a bunny rabbit suit walking into bleak distance
Wonderfulness via Ryan McGuire of Gratisography.com and tweaked by da-AL

Even in warmer climates like Southern California, winter is his busy time when it comes to pet owners frantic to relieve their pets of arthritis pain. “Even if it feels warm to us, they know it’s winter,” he said.

“Keep them warm,” was his advice. At all hours.

An electric blanket is perfect during the night. Toss it over your pet’s sleeping area. Make sure it’s the type that will stay on at a very low setting all night (don’t get the kind that switches off after only an hour).

Of the many remedies I explored to make my best friends comfortable, the electric blanket afforded them most dramatic relief.

How do your pets fare in winter?

27 thoughts on “Arthritis Remedy for Dogs and Cats: The Power of Warmth by da-AL

  1. Sharon Bonin-Pratt January 13, 2019 / 10:23 pm

    What a wonderful solution, wish I’d known about it when we had a dog. She’s gone many years now but still remembered and still loved.

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      • Sharon Bonin-Pratt January 16, 2019 / 9:42 am

        Always. We keep hoping to get a dog but still dealing with stuff (dumb but necessary and time consuming stuff, like tenting our house for termites – the pets we didn’t want!) that has to be resolved first.
        Stay dry, Daal. I know you’re getting as saturated as well are.

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        • da-AL January 17, 2019 / 8:00 am

          termites – urgh! – hope I don’t have them for pets too lol – wishing you luck. thanks, dear Sharon – same to you – our doggie doesn’t like getting her feet wet, even though she’s part labrador! I think she learned that from her dearly departed siblings who were lab mix too 🙂

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          • Sharon Bonin-Pratt January 17, 2019 / 8:48 am

            When our sons were young, we had a dog named Ark who hated anything wet. From baths, which she would only tolerate with one paw held out of the suds while I washed the rest of yer, to walking daintily around the merest wet patch on the sidewalk. If it was raining outside, she would stand at the open door and stare up at me as if asking, “Really? You want me to step out into THAT?” She did not live up to her name but she was the sweetest, most loyal and gentle creature ever. We still miss her.

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            • da-AL January 17, 2019 / 1:18 pm

              They’re not called our best friends for nothing. I still don’t have the heart to update my blog photo that includes my 2 dears who passed last year…

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  2. mydangblog January 13, 2019 / 8:47 am

    We bought Titus a thick coat to wear, we don’t let him out for long on cold days, and we limit his walks when the temperature is really low–the ice hurts his paws but I can’t get him to wear boots, although he loves his coat!

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    • da-AL January 16, 2019 / 7:42 am

      I’m sure he looks quite handsome in it — is it the sort that covers his legs too? I saw one of those for the first time just a couple of days ago. My dogs hated boots – I tried to get them to wear them when I visited Las Vegas one summer & the concrete was blazing

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  3. markbierman January 12, 2019 / 4:17 am

    We just adopted a three year old cat, hopefully a few years away from any issues, but will certainly keep this advice in mind as she ages. Thank for sharing.

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  4. molaplume January 11, 2019 / 8:28 am

    Good morning dear da-AL and thanks for all this too necessary article about the “old and loyal friends” in our lives. Yes, they deserve our respect and gratitude in their twilight years. Un baccione. Arrivederci!

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      • molaplume January 14, 2019 / 7:00 am

        Good morning. dear da-AL. At present we do not have any pets but when we were raising our kids we had three great dogs that we still remember with affection. And for a brief period, a female cat that never got in the right footing with moi. My wife at the time decided to take it away form our New York apartment in order to give it to one of her cat-loving friends when the rascal urinated on top of the dinner table ( perhaps it was a deliberate act of passive-aggressive defiance against moi, an inheritor of the genetic material of hunter-wanderers of early Mankind) Un baccione. Arrivederci!

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        • da-AL January 16, 2019 / 7:54 am

          Lol I had a cat that got so upset when I got dogs that she would urinate on the bed & sofa!

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  5. Invisibly Me January 11, 2019 / 7:47 am

    Aw I feel so bad for pets with illnesses, and arthritis is cruel. My dog, before he sadly passed about 5 years ago now, had diabetes and arthritis. Trying to make sure our little furballs are warm and as comfortable as possible is the best thing we can do, so that’s good advice.xx

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    • da-AL January 13, 2019 / 7:40 am

      So sorry for your doggie. No plans for a new friend?

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      • Invisibly Me January 13, 2019 / 7:43 am

        I wish. I’ve been wanting a golden retriever for several years (I’m sure a psychologist would say this has to do with not having children of my own in my foreseeable future) but it’s not practical with my situation and living arrangements, as heartbroken as that makes me feel. Still, you never know… 🙂
        xx

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        • da-AL January 16, 2019 / 7:39 am

          oooh – golden retrievers are pure love & fun – sending you my best that you’ll be in great health, walking your new best friend soon ❤

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