Osteoarthritis management update

January 19, 2018
David Dycus, DVM, MS, CCRP, DACVS-SA

David Dycus is frequent speaker at the Fetch dvm360 conferences, an orthopedic staff surgeon at Veterinary Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Group in Annapolis Junction, Maryland, and co-founder and co-director of the Veterinary Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Institute.

Veterinarians should recognize that treatment now comes in many forms, says Dr. David Dycus.

If you think the only way to handle osteoarthritis is "here's your pain reliever and your anti-inflammatory, see you later," Fetch dvm360 conference speaker David Dycus, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA, would like to bring you up to date. Instead, he recommends establishing a baseline through joint supplements, diet and routine exercise.

What about that exercise?

"Daily exercise is actually getting out and going on a walk," he says. "What I want is for dogs to (walk for) at least 20 minutes, twice a day, level ground."

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Of course, due to the nature of the condition, patients will experience ups and downs. When flare-ups occur, Dr. Dycus says you should consider a range of treatment modalities including pharmaceuticals, joint injections, rehabilitation therapy and even acupuncture. The point is, he says, to keep patients active so that they'll maintain range of motion and lean body weight.

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