3 must-reads on canine osteoarthritis

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!

  1. 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.
  2. Alternative therapies for treating osteoarthritis: From herbal formulations to acupuncture to cannabinoids – explore the various effective alternative therapies for primary or concomitant osteoarthritis treatment.
  3. 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.


  1. 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.