As stated in these articles on Healthline.com; Pets Can Be Healthy Friends For People with RA, and CreakyJoints.org; Pets and Arthritis: How pets help us, pets are an integral part of our health and well-being, especially for chronic illnesses like arthritis.
Studies show that pets can offer more than simple companionship.
There is now evidence that owning and caring for a pet can increase longevity, reduce stress, and boost morale among people with chronic illnesses and chronic pain conditions like rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
People who own pets are also usually more active, which is an indicator of better health. This is especially true for people with arthritis, for whom physical activity is a key component in the management of their pain.
Pets and arthritis–a topic we don’t often talk about. We can forget that everyday pets help people with arthritis and related conditions. Our pets are often our best friends, but did you know that caring for your pet can have positive health benefits?
Having arthritis and/or one of the co-morbid (happening simultaneously) diseases can be debilitating. These diseases take away many parts of our lives. While there is lots of important talk about treatments, lifestyle changes and supportive services we often fail to include animals in the discussion. From first being diagnosed to getting treatments, we know that pets can provide deep comfort and support.
Caring for a pet can:
Speak to your Orchard Remedy’s Rx pharmacist in Kelowna for information about arthritis medications or for a comprehensive review of your current medications.