Darryl L. Millis, MS, DVM, DACVS, DACVSMR, CCRP
Medical treatment of osteoarthritis is multifaceted and includes physical modalities, controlled exercise, weight reduction, slow-acting disease-modifying osteoarthritic agents, alteration of the environment, and anti-inflammatory medications.
Owners and veterinarians often seek additional therapies for dogs with osteoarthritis that are safe and effective.
After an orthopedic procedure, it is common to have a convalescent period of weeks to months before recovery is attained. Physical rehabilitation may help patients achieve maximum recovery. Physical therapy is also valuable for easing chronic pain in pets.