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What do you recommend for a cat's arthritis?
Dr. Randy Kidd’s response:
I always start with the recommendation to try acupuncture – and I always combined acupuncture with chiropractic adjustments and massage at home – to get the joints moving. Just too many successes here to try anything else first. I’ve also had some success with classical homeopathy, but for me these would only be for the patients where acupuncture was difficult – a cat that couldn’t travel, for example.
The downside to acupuncture is that it generally takes 4-6 treatments before we see results, and we may need to repeat treatments (anywhere from 1-6 times per year) to continue the effects. Treatments may cost $75-100.
Interesting that this is a CAT with arthritis. When I was practicing, I saw many arthritic cats – oftentimes brought in for some other problem. I think it’s a disease we often miss because we think the cat that wants to lay around is just being a cat (which I guess it really is), and so we don’t notice that it is sore when it moves.
I combine the acupuncture treatments with chondroprotective agents such as glucosamine, antioxidants, and arthritis-specific herbs such as turmeric, Boswellia, alfalfa, licorice root, and burdock. For pain I might add willow bark, wild yam, feverfew, or St John’s wort. Check with your holistic vet or my book “Dr. Kidd’s Guide to Herbal Cat Care (Storey publishing) for more information on correct usage and dosages.
Dr Rose DiLeva’s response: