Here at Physio-vet we specialise in the treatment of arthritis and osteoarthritis in dogs. Vet David Prydie has lectured to audienced up and down the country on a multi -modal treatment plan he has put together with Professor Stuart Carmichael. Osteoarthritis is common with over 1 million canine sufferes in the UK alone. Osteoarthritis is caused by the inflammation and deterioration of cartilage, bone and soft tissue around the joints. Osteoarthritis in dogs manifests itself as limping, hopping, stiffness, muscle wasting and pain.
Osteoarthritis in dogs in most commonly in old age, but repeated impact to joints and older injuries can also cause it. Other common causes of arthritis are dog hip or elbow dysplasia.
Overweight dogs are at higher risk of developing osteoarthritis as their joints are continually under higher pressure.
Symptoms of Osteoarthritis in dogs
Many joint related ailments manifest themselves in a common way. Osteoarthritis, arthritis and dysplasia all tend to make the dog less active and more lethargic. You will also notice that they may have difficulty climbing, jumping, turning and even rising. In more severe cases you may even hear the joint cracking or the dog display pain. All of these symptoms are serious and you should take your pet to the vet. Upon diagnosis you can then ask to be referred to Physio-Vet. We can then assist in the rehabilitation of your dog.
Treating osteoarthritis in dogs
We look at all aspects of you dogs condition including pain relief, your dogs environment, diet, supplements, exercise, physiotherapy and hydrotherapy.
As part of our treatment for dog osteoarthritis we use the dog treadmill which is an underwater treadmill for dogs. It is designed to help the dog to exercise, lose weight and build muscle. This all helps to improve joint function and slow down the arthritic process. Osteoarthritis in dogs is also treated with physiotherapy and medication. We assist not only in mobilising the joint, but also with maintaining muscle mass and range of motion. To do this we not only exercise and treat the dog, but we provide the owner with the ability to do the same. Therapies such as laser, ultrasound, pulsed electromagnetic therapy and electro -muscle stimulation also help.
Osteoarthritis in dogs can be controlled and avoided by making sure you exercise your dog regularly. It is important to keep it at a healthy weight.
If your dog or pet has Osteoarthritis and you would like to explore your options to treat it, you should get in touch!