Episode 26: Hope for canine osteoarthritis sufferers

November 3, 2020
dvm360 Staff

On this episode of The Vet Blast Podcast, Adam Christman, DVM, MBA, is joined by small animal surgeon and rehabilitation specialist, Kristin Kirkby Shaw, DVM, MS, PhD, CCRT, DACVS, DACVSMR, who discusses the rise in canine rehabilitation and her new resource for managing canine arthritis.

For pet parents, canine arthritis may seem like a life sentence of suffering, but according to Kristin Kirkby Shaw, DVM, PhD, MS, CCRT, DACVS, DACVSMR, small animal surgeon and rehabilitation specialist, there’s hope.

“I have a 13-year-old French Bull Dog who has a tough time going up and down the stairs. Because I am living it day to day in my own life, it allows me to really help clients and say, ‘this is what worked for me. This is what I think can help you and your pet,’” says Kirkby Shaw.

In this episode of The Vet Blast Podcast, Kirkby Shaw explains why canine rehabilitation is on the rise among canine arthritis patients and offers an invaluable tool for successfully managing this painful and uncomfortable condition.

When it comes to canine osteoarthritis, more and more pet owners understand the importance of physical therapy and pain management, says Kirkby Shaw. Often times, they don’t want to go the surgery route and are looking for alternatives to help keep their pets as healthy and as comfortable as possible. These factors play a key role in the rise of canine rehabilitation, she tells Adam Christman, DVM, MBA.

Kirkby Shaw also talks with Christman about Canine Arthritis Resources and Education (CARE), a resource she designed to help educate clients and veterinary professionals about this common condition.

“Our mission is to provide trusted, evidence-based and practical resources and tools for anyone caring for a dog with osteoarthritis.” The site also offers myth-busting articles, exercise videos, tips for supplements, and more.

Listen below to learn more about canine arthritis and this useful resource.