Arthritis is a painful condition for all affected dogs. Treatment for arthritis in dogs aims towards reducing pain and maintaining joint mobility and this is best accomplished by using a combination of treatments. Exercise is also important for arthritic dogs but should have a low impact to avoid stress on damaged joints. Exercising also helps in weight management which is critical in canine arthritis.
Various forms of medication can be used to protect your pet’s joints from arthritis. Acupuncture and massage are alternative therapies that are often effective in controlling the pain.
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Arthritis in dogs is sometimes part of the natural aging process while sometimes it hits your dog out of the blue. Treatment options concentrate on relieving the pain. In most cases, using two or more of the treatment options simultaneously results in more pain control with less risk of side effects.
Pet owners should always see that their pets are well cared for and relieved from pain!