Smaller breeds are known to have much longer life spans than larger breed counterparts. Genetics, is part of the reason. Large components are due to physics and body size, the more wear and tear on joints, back, and other parts of the body. As the pets age, the amount of cellular changes occurring outpaces the ability to replace those cells. In younger animals the amount of cellular regeneration is high and health problems are not as common. The most common areas of arthritis development are in the knees, hips and the lumbar areas of the back. You might want to try herbal supplements. Many herbs have shown tremendous anti-inflammatory on a much higher level than some pharmaceutical medications and are often free of any side effects. Herbs can reduce pain, blood circulation, organ function, enhancing the immune response and even supplying vital nutrients in their natural form. This can improve mobility and slow the aging related process. It would be best to be proactive with our pets.
Our pets are dependent on us for health care, nutrition and a safe environment. Their love is endless and our care should be the same.
Professional Pet Sitting Services offered in the Upper to Mid-Pinellas County Area