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7 Ways We can Help Your Dog with Osteoarthritis

Modern Ways to Manage Arthritis in Dogs

It’s well known that dogs can suffer from Osteoarthritis as they get older – just like we do.

Even though there is no cure for this condition, the good news is – there are lots of  ways we can help keep your dog comfortable and active all year round.

Signs your dog may have arthritis include:

  1. Difficulty rising or climbing stairs
  2. Reduced activityDog Osteoarthritis

Arthritis is generally diagnosed through a clinical examination as well as X-Rays to visualise the extent of the disease.

1: Medications

This is the most common method of managing the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. Although medications are useful in an overall management program – we prefer to avoid their long term use – particularly in pets with impaired organ function.

2: Arthritis Injections (DMOADS)

Unlike anti-inflammatories which tend to treat the symptoms of osteoarthritis, Disease Modifying Osteoarthritis Drugs (DMOADs) target the progression of the disease. Studies show that using DMOADs slow osteoarthritis progression, as well as relieving pain and inflammation. They provide effective long term treatment of osteoarthritis. Due to the long development process of osteoarthritis, the lack of symptoms in the initial stages and the difficulty of diagnosis in these early stages, DMOADs are also used proactively used in dogs considered at risk dogs of developing the disease.

DMOADs act in multiple ways:

  • Stimulate cartilage producing cells to produce healthy cartilage
  • Slow cartilage damage by destructive enzymes
  • Stimulate joint capsule cells to produce lubricating joint fluid
  • Reduce swelling and block inflammatory processes
  • Improve blood flow and nutrition to joint structures

These drugs are injected by your veterinarian weekly for at least 4 weeks. Usually you will see a reduction of osteoarthritis signs after 2 or 3 injections. The initial course of injections typically provides 3 – 6 months of relief from the problems associated with osteoarthritis. After this time your veterinarian may recommend another course of 4 injections.

DMOADs are very safe products with few side effects.

Next Generation DMOAD Zydax is our preferred option.

By themselves DMOADS can be good in the early stages of Osteoarthritis (Grade 1 -2 out of 4) however beyond that stage they should be used in conjunction with one or more of the following therapies.

3: Nutraceuticals

Nutraceutical by definition:

A foodstuff (as a fortified food or a dietary supplement) that is held to provide health or medical benefits in addition to its basic nutritional value—called also functional food.

There are many nutraceutical products available that help fight the degenerative disease. Not all are as effective as others. One of several products we recommend to our clients is 4Cyte.

4: Laser Therapy

Laser Therapy or Photo Bio-modulation Therapy (PBM) is a natural, safe, gentle and effective method of reducing pain and inflammation in arthritic pets.

We use Laser Therapy in our practice every day for all sorts of conditions and our patients love it.

However – if you are considering Laser Therapy for your dog – keep in mind that not all Laser Therapy services advertised on the market are equal. Low wattage hand held devices are not designed for the depth of penetration required for effective arthritis treatment.

It has been shown that musculo-skeletal results for Laser therapy is dose dependant. High Doses are needed to achieve therapeutic results. This means laser Class IIIB or IV to achieve real benefits for your pet.Laser Therapy fr Dog Arthritis

We use the Companion Class IV Laser Therapy equipment which is specifically designed for this purpose.

Initial treatments require 3 sessions for the first week then reducing as symptoms subside.

5: Acupuncture

Acupuncture (including elecro-acupuncture) can be very effective in reducing the pain and discomfort of all types of animals including dogs, and horses. Acupuncture works by stimulating nerves under the skin and in muscle tissue prompting the body to produce pain relieving endorphins.

Acupuncture combined with Laser Therapy is found to be very effective in dogs with disc disease & spinal conditions.

6: Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative Medicine Treatments include Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatments, Stem Cell Activation injections and Stem Cell procedures.

Over the years we have successfully treated hundreds of dogs, cats and horses with regenerative medicine therapies. Most of these patients have reduced their dependence on medications with some coming completely off them over time after these treatments.

7: Rehabilitation Therapies

As a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Centre – we offer a range of rehab therapies to include:

Hydrotherapy – EMS – Therapeutic Massage – Therapeutic Exercises.

If your dog has been diagnosed with osteoarthritis and you’re interested in finding out the best combination of therapies to improve his or her quality of life, please get in touch.

7 Ways to Help Your Dog with Arthritis – Naturally

Discover How we’re Leading the Way in Arthritis Management

Is your elderly pet struggling to get up? Lagging behind on walks? Reluctant to play like she used to?

Chances are – it’s probably arthritis that’s slowing her down.

Years ago you’d take her to your vet and you’d probably be given some anti-inflammatory medications to help manage the pain. Sadly though – that’s all these drugs do. They don’t help heal and just like most drugs – they can have side effects if used for a prolonged period of time.

Thankfully – these days you have many more options in helping keep your dog happy, active and in less pain – without sentencing them to a lifetime course of drugs.

Our practice is leading the way in providing gentle and effective alternatives to conventional drug therapy by offering these options for your arthritic pet.

Laser Therapy

Works incredibly well to help reduce pain and improve mobility in all animals. It’s natural, pain free and totally relaxing for your pet. (Some pets even fall asleep during the treatment which says a lot for its therapeutic benefits) A typical initial treatment plan involves a series 3 – 5 sessions lasting about 10 minutes each over a fortnight. Further maintenance sessions are then organised depending on the severity of the condition and your pet’s response.

Response to date? We’ve been using Laser Therapy for pets in our practice for some time now and love the results we’re getting for our clients. Best of all – our patients love it too!

Rehabilitation Therapy

We are a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practice and use gentle Rehabilitation Techniques to treat a wide range of conditions including arthritis. A Rehabilitation program may include a combination of modalities including special exercises,Therapeutic Massage, EMS and E-STIM. All our patients are under the care and guidance of our Certified Canine Rehabilitation Vet – Dr Malcolm Ware and trained assistants Ashlee & Rebecca.

Canine Arthritis

We design all rehabilitation programs based on an Initial Assessment of your pet’s specific condition. Sessions may be weekly or more frequently to begin with with further top up sessions as needed. Rehabilitation therapy is not just limited to older pets with arthritis and degenerative diseases – we run regular rehab sessions for sporting and agility dogs too to help them perform at their best.

Is your Rehabilitation Therapist Qualified?

Acupuncture

Dr Tristan Maugueret is our resident Acupuncturist and he has achieved some great results for some of our arthritic patients. Acupuncture provides drug free pain relief and assists in restoring mobility across a number of different conditions including arthritis and other degenerative diseases.

Hydrotherapy

Yes – we have an underwater treadmill that enables us to provide Hydrotherapy treatment for your dog. Hydrotherapy allows your dog’s joints to move without the pressure of having to support the weight of the body and dogs just love it. The water is warm and treats flow freely.

Hydrotherapy sessions are individualised, tailored to your dog’s specific needs and always under guidance of a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist.

Arthritis Injections (DMOADS)

These are special Disease Modifying Osteoarthritis Drugs which unlike anti-inflammatories (which treat only the symptoms of the disease) target the progression of the disease.

DMOADS act in multiple ways including:

  • Stimulate cartilage producing cells to produce healthy cartilage
  • Slow cartilage damage
  • Stimulate the production of lubricating joint fluid
  • Reduce swelling and block inflammatory processes

Injections are given weekly for 4 weeks and the course repeated again in 6 months time. Usually you will see a reduction of osteoarthritis signs after 2 or 3 injections.

Nutraceuticals

A healthy balanced diet is fundamental to any pet’s health. However as your pet ages or suffers from disease, additional supplementation of specific nutrients is essential. We use carefully selected products to help counteract the destructive processes associated with arthritis.

Stem Cell Procedure

Stem cell procedure uses your pet’s own stem cells which are then reinjected into affected joints providing proven pain relief and improved mobility. We have performed the Adipose Stem Cell procedure on over 100 dogs – horses and cats so far with very pleasing results. Read more about Stem Cell Therapy for Dogs with Arthritis.

So – if you have a dog suffering from Osteoarthritis or other degenerative joint disease and told that anti-inflammatory medications are your only option – get a second opinion and see whether any of these alternatives can work for you.