How To Manage Canine Arthritis
Has your dog been diagnosed with arthritis? And you’re now looking for answers to all your questions? Here is a quick and easy to follow plan that guides you through all the important steps.
Early & Accurate Diagnosis
Early diagnosis is probably the most important factor in the successful management of osteoarthritis. I think that arthritis is still one of the most underdiagnosed problems in veterinary medicine. But for those who know what to look for it’s clearly visible in most cases. Remember: there’s no limping without pain! Limping for more than 3 days and recurring episodes of slight limping are definitely a good reason to have your dog checked by a vet.
Learn more about early symptoms of pain and arthritis in this post: How to know if my dog has arthritis
Create a Plan!
A management plan including pain control, weight management, nutrition, supplements, and complementary therapies such as physiotherapy, acupuncture, and chiropractic care is essential. Make sure you build a strong team working for you and your dog!
Weight management is a crucial part of arthritis management. In most dogs mobility improves after a weight reduction of as little as 6-9 %. Make sure weight monitoring is part of your management strategy!
Home & Exercise Modification
Don’t underestimate the impact of home & exercise modification on your dog’s health. There is a lot you can do to avoid flare-ups and progression of the disease.
Read also: Home & Exercise Adaptions for Dogs with Arthritis
Stay On Track
Since arthritis is a progressing disease it is important to see your vet for a reassessment on a regular basis. They will make sure your dog’s management suit all his needs. It’s a good idea to fill out Pain Scores regularly to monitor the pain level.
Acupressure & Physiotherapy
Don’t underestimate the benefits of regular range of motion exercises and acupressure. While regular exercise can help to improve mobility and alleviate pain, Acupressure alleviates pain and improves function.
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