Addressing Osteoarthritis in Aging Pets

Alternative Therapies for Osteoarthritis

by Nicole Nelson D.V.M., CCRP

“Getting older ain’t for sissies.” This is true for us and our pets. With age, often comes arthritis (particularly in our larger breeds), muscle loss/weakness, among other issues, making activities of daily living more difficult. Often times, we just accept this as the normal for aging and the struggle continues. However, there are pain management modalities and supplements that can be utilized from a rehabilitation standpoint to make our pets more comfortable and confident in navigating every day life. This blog will outline some of the modalities available through rehabilitation to help alleviate the signs and symptoms associated with osteoarthritis in our aging pets.

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Bull’s-eye: Targeted Exercise is More Effective Than Daily Physical Activity

Pain >> Compensatory patterns/Inactivity >> Muscle atrophy >> Worsened mobility >> Repeat

by Colleen Lum LVT, CCRVN, CCFT

Often times we hear from owners that their dogs are very active and run all the time outside in the yard. Despite this observation, they continue to have muscle atrophy and compensate in other areas of their bodies causing muscle tension and discomfort/pain. So then what is the difference between off leash activity and structured exercises? Continue…