3 must-reads on canine osteoarthritis
Here are a few methods to consider when helping patients manage the chronic pain associated with osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis is the leading cause of chronic canine pain and impacts 20% of all dogs.1 Therefore, in observance of National Dog Month this August, we are highlighting 3 articles that provide effective methods for treating osteoarthritis and helping patients manage this debilitating disease so they can live their fullest lives.
From pointers on implementing a rehabilitation plan immediately after the diagnosis to nutrition’s role in improving symptoms—there’s something for everyone. Happy reading!
- Rehabilitation and canine osteoarthritis: A multimodal approach: Amber Ihrke, DVM, CCRT, CVA, CVSMT, CAC, CVPP, shares tips on detecting degenerative joint disease early on, confirming the diagnosis, and incorporating a multimodal approach to help manage canine osteoarthritis.
- Alternative therapies for managing osteoarthritis: From herbal formulations to acupuncture to cannabinoids, explore the various effective alternative therapies for primary or adjunctive osteoarthritis management.
- Mobility matters: Nutritional management of canine joint disease: Kara M. Burns, MS, Med, LVT, VTS (Nutrition) explains the risk factors for canine osteoarthritis, clinical signs, stages, plus how to manage the condition with nutrition.
- Williams K, Downing R. Helping your dog with osteoarthritis. Veterinary Centers of America Inc. https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/helping-your-dog-with-osteoarthritis. Published 2021. Accessed August 9, 2021.