No one knows your dog better than you do. Moving more slowly or being less active than usual could be signs of canine osteoarthritis. The good news is that today there are many things you can do to help your dog maintain a high quality of life. Arthritis can’t be cured, but it can be managed with good veterinary and home care.
In the last decade, veterinarians and animal researchers have developed a better understanding of how and why animals hurt, and what can be done to relieve their suffering. The introduction of more effective medications has provided additional tools to manage canine arthritis.
But recent research also shows that diet, exercise and physical therapy can play significant roles in improving your dog’s overall health, especially if he suffers from arthritis. Six approaches, or modes, when used together, can promote better joint function and less discomfort. By using some or all of these modes, your veterinarian can develop a customized treatment plan for your dog.
1. Caterson B, Little CV, Cramp J, et al. The modulation of canine articular cartilage degradation by omega-3 (n-3) polyunsaturated fatty acids. Proceedings North American Veterinary Conference; 2005.
*NADA #141-038 approved by FDA
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