Here are some methods to consider when helping patients manage the chronic pain associated with osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis is the number one cause of chronic dog pain, affecting 20% of all dogs.1 That’s why, as part of National Dog Month in August, we’re introducing 3 articles that offer effective ways to treat osteoarthritis and help patients manage this debilitating condition cope so that they can enjoy their life to the fullest.
From how to implement a rehabilitation plan immediately after diagnosis, to the role of diet in improving symptoms, there is something for everyone. Happy reading!
- Rehabilitation and Osteoarthritis in Dogs: A Multimodal Approach: Amber Ihrke, DVM, CCRT, CVA, CVSMT, CAC, CVPP, provides tips on early detection of degenerative joint disease, confirmation of diagnosis, and incorporation of a multimodal approach to treating canine osteoarthritis.
- Alternative therapies for treating osteoarthritis: From herbal formulations to acupuncture to cannabinoids – explore the various effective alternative therapies for primary or concomitant osteoarthritis treatment.
- Mobility is important: nutritional management in the case of joint diseases in the dog: Kara M. Burns, MS, Med, LVT, VTS (Diet) explains the risk factors for osteoarthritis in dogs, clinical symptoms, stages, and how to treat the condition with diet.
- Williams K, Downing R. Help Your Dog With Osteoarthritis. Veterinary Centers of America Inc. https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/helping-your-dog-with-osteoarthritis. Published in 2021. Accessed August 9, 2021.