Managing arthritis

T he successful management of arthritis depends on several factors including: 

  • Making sure your dog is a healthy weight

    • You should aim to keep your dog on the leaner side of normal. Good parameters for body condition are:

      • ​The ribs & pelvic bones are easy to feel (but should not be visible)

      • A visible waist (an hour-glass shape when viewed from above)

      • A neat tucked up abdomen ​when viewed from the side

 

  • Ensuring you give your dog the appropriate amount & type of exercise                 Exercise should be.....

    • Consistent & controlled (Regular / consistent daily activity is best. No excessive running, No ball chasing etc. )

    • Appropriate (i.e your dog can cope happily with the distance, they don't tire or suffer with stiffness after rest)

    • Low impact​ (No jumping, chasing etc.)

    • Moderation (think little and often)

    • Please visit our page on appropriate exercise for dogs with joint disease ​

  • Ensuring your dog has adequate pain relief

    • NSAIDs (Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs are often the medication of choice. SOme dogs are not able to tolerate this or need extra 'break-through' pain relief to cope with more severe flare-ups​

    • Occasionally mild discomfort can be managed through other ways such as Massage, acupuncture and appropriate exercise / lifestyle so as not to AGGRAVATE the condition

  • Trying supportive therapies

    • Physiotherapy​

    • Osteopathy

    • Massage therapy

    • Craniosacral therapy

    • Hydrotherapy

    • Acupuncture

  • Trying joint supplements

    • Omega 3 fish oil has been shown to reduce inflammation and aid in the management of pain related to arthritis​

    • Other natural supplements which have some evidence to slow cartilage degradation and reduce inflammation are Boswellia and ASU's (Avocado Soybean Unsaponifiables)

    • Glucosamine and Chondroitin when taken together have been shown in some studies to help with arthritis symptoms 

  

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