How do you treat dog arthritis?
Once arthritis is actually proven, there are many options to help your pet:
. Additional Support like the Ginger Lead.
. Weight loss or weight control.
. An “arthritis” diet.
. Joint supplements (glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, MSM).
. Exercise, either through low-impact activities or physical therapy.
. Pain medications: non-steroidal inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or morphine-like drugs.
. Environmental changes, such as keeping your pet in a dry & warm place, or providing thick, soft, clean padding. Other suggestions include minimizing access to stairs, elevating the food and water bowls, or building ramps.
. Periodic re-evaluations with your vet.
In some cases, surgery is an excellent way to treat arthritis. From simple procedures (removing a flap of cartilage or part of a bone) to more complicated surgeries (fusing a joint, or a total hip replacement), ask your vet if your arthritic pet would benefit from surgery.