It is the most diagnosed joint condition in veterinary medicine, and yet it is one of the most difficult to effectively treat. “She’s just getting old,” is its oft repeated refrain, a statement of reluctant acceptance. Arthritis cannot be cured, and so it is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that nothing can be done about it. True, it is an infirmity of the aged, and once it sets in it is there to stay. However, one very common misconception is that its effects are untreatable. This is incorrect.
Through physical therapy, arthritis can be effectively managed, and the pain it causes can be mitigated with proper care.
Why is arthritis so distressing?
In America, arthritis affects as many as one in five dogs, which means that many pets are living with constant pain and severely reduced mobility.
Dogs with arthritis suffer from pain in their joints, which makes movement difficult. Unfortunately, difficulty moving leads to a more sedentary lifestyle, which often leads to weight gain. Increased weight on the joints leads to greater pain and difficulty moving, leading to an even more sedentary lifestyle. Arthritis creates a cycle of pain and injury that perpetuates itself until it is interrupted and addressed.
CANINE PHYSICAL THERAPY can interrupt the pain and injury cycle.
What is arthritis?
Like humans, dogs have smooth cartilage that covers the bones within a joint. This
smooth, slick cartilage allows bones to glide easily on top of one another, allowing us to move
our limbs easily. Over the course of a lifetime, joints suffer wear and tear that causes damage to the cartilage. The term used to describe this damage is arthritis.
Canine arthritis results in joint stiffness, pain and swelling, which makes simple activities like walking, playing and jumping very difficult. Arthritis can affect any joint in a dog’s body, however, it is most commonly found in:
Arthritis can lead to chronic pain and disability, which ultimately impacts your dog’s quality of life.
Early diagnosis and treatment are vital to preventing further damage to your pet’s joints, which is why many pet parents turn to CANINE PHYSICAL THERAPY for help. By recognizing common signs of arthritis in dogs, you can limit the severity of symptoms so your dog can remain active, healthy, and pain-free for years to come.