MANAGING ARTHRITIS

The 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:

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

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

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

 

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 ​

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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