Canine Arthritis Management

Canine Arthritis Management

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What Is Arthritis?

Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints, and in the same way humans can develop it as they grow older, pets are also susceptible. Arthritis is just as uncomfortable for animals as it is for humans, and the most common form in cats, and especially dogs, is osteoarthritis (OA).

In healthy joints the bone surfaces are covered with a smooth layer of cartilage. This cartilage is lubricated with joint fluid, which allows the bone surfaces to glide over each other with minimal friction. In dogs with arthritis, the cartilage becomes damaged creating worn, uneven bone surfaces, this results in them rubbing against each other when moving around. It is this friction which contributes to the pain and swelling in an arthritic joint. Whilst typically seen in older dogs, the condition can develop at any time, and it is commonly worse in overweight & unfit dogs.

Physiotherapy and a weight management programme can help to relieve some of the pressure on the joints, by maximising the range of movement and fitness of the muscles.

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How Do We Treat Arthritis?

At Physio – Vet, we see over 70 arthritis patients at the clinic each week, and treat them using a multi-modal canine arthritis management programme for managing & improving cat and dog osteoarthritis.

As part of this programme we develop a bespoke plan, incorporating pain management, dietary advice, joint improvement and exercise guidelines. Alongside this, we provide help sheets for owners to support their pet.

Our method of therapeutic ultrasound is particularly good for tissue swelling and breaking down scar tissue, as well as stimulating blood flow and reducing inflammation. It is a great treatment on its own or to complement other therapies your pet may be receiving. Laser and PEMFT are also excellent treatments for arthritis. More resistance cases may need further investigation and may benefit from stem cells, platelet rich plasma (PRP) and hydrogel.

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Happy Owners and Happy Pets

Physio vet were brilliant in the treatment of my old lady Tabitha, some 6 years ago. The treatment for her arthritis gave her visible relief. She was chilled and relaxed and clearly enjoyed thr administration of the treatment. Alas, she went downhill suddenly due to her age. We lost her at 19 and 5 months. I would have no hesitation in visiting with my current cats if and when the need is. Deb Godfrey Facebook
The best place for a diagnostic and treatment! Very nice people. Tell you accurately what is wrong with your pet even before you take it through the CT! Very knowledgeable, straight to the point, they have definitely earned my respect and if I have to, I will be going back! Anna Patus-Sykes Google
Met Dave yesterday as my dog had an allergic reaction, he knew what to do immediately and taught me what to do next time, really lovely and professional man and a lovely wife thanks again. Rebecca Wragg Facebook
Absolutely amazing. Buddy has been attending weekly for around 2 months and I’ve already seen a huge improvement In his hips! He gets so excited there as everyone is so lovely. The team are fabulous. Jessica Waltham Facebook
David is probably the best canine physiotherapist in Europe. Gemma Del Pueyo Director of Teaching Veterinary Physiotherapy, University of Madrid, Spain.
Just wanted to say thank you for the excellent service we received on Saturday when you gave Dotti an ‘Agility MOT’ and helped us with the problems she was having. I am pleased to report that she was more relaxed on Saturday evening than she had been for a while. HR. Shropshire Facebook
Great aspirational staff who want to get your dog back to a good quality of life. Kirstie Ashworth Facebook
Their absolute professionalism, coupled with an amazing caring ethos. Steve Darling Facebook

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Telephone01270 586008

Emailinfo@physio-vet.com

AddressThe Smithy, Crewe Hall Farm, Old Park Road, Cheshire CW1 5UE
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