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What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a chronic degenerative joint disease that affects the soft tissues and bones of a dog’s joints. It causes pain and decreased flexibility, which makes walking, running and generally getting around more difficult than usual. While arthritis can affect any joint in a dog’s body, the most commonly affected areas are the knees, elbows and hips.

 

Treatment

How is arthritis treated?

Although it’s better to act before arthritis becomes a problem, treatment is still a great option for dogs that already have it. Arthritis isn’t curable but can be managed effectively using treatments that focus on reducing pain and inflammation, slowing the progression of the disease, facilitating the repair of damaged tissues and maintaining or improving joint function. Vets may recommend a combination of the following:

  • Weight control
  • Dietary change
  • Controlled exercise and physical therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Painkillers
  • Disease modifying agents
  • Nutritional joint supplements, such as Supleneo flex

 

 

The DOs and DON’Ts after diagnosis

The DOs and DON’Ts if your dog’s been diagnosed

DO get your dog to follow a weight control and adapted nutrition programme.
DON’T stop your dog from exercising.
DO try hydrotherapy to relieve your dog’s arthritic pain if recommended by your vet.
DO seek advice from your veterinary surgeon about treatment for your dog.
DON’T stop anti-inflammatory treatment as soon as you can see a slight improvement in your dog’s mobility.

 

 

Post-prescription

The most common type of product prescribed for arthritis are NSAIDS.

What are NSAIDs?
How do NSAIDs work?
What changes should I expect with NSAID therapy?
How long do NSAIDs take to work?
Do NSAIDs have side-effects?