6 Steps Of Arthritis Management

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

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.

Learn how to treat chronic pain with Acuprssure


Best,
Felix


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