Did you know one of the most commonly diagnosed conditions especially in older dogs is Osteo-arthritis?
That doesn’t mean however that every dog with mobility issues such as lameness, sore backs slow to rise, difficulty jumping into cars or walking up stairs – has arthritis.
There are many other conditions that could be contributing to these symptoms of which osteoarthritis is only one of them.
The word “arthritis” means joint inflammation. However – not all mobility issues are related to a joint problem.
Lameness, stiffness and pain be caused by other conditions such as:
Making any assumptions without further investigations can lead to wrong treatments and potentially make your dog worse.
We start by performing a thorough musculo-skeletal assessment. This gives us an idea of whether we’re going to recommend X-Rays, Ultrasound or a CT Scan to see the extent of the injury or disease.
Following these steps gives us the best possible chance of an accurate diagnosis. Because – without them, we’re really only guessing.
In our practice only vets with additional training in Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation perform our musculo-skeletal assessments.
Unfortunately what we’re seeing is many dogs being diagnosed with arthritis without any form of imaging to support that conclusion.
These dogs come to us for second opinion because they are not improving on their prescribed medications. That’s because they have other un-diagnosed issues causing their symptoms OR the prescribed treatment program is not working for them.
We find that once we discover the real cause of these dogs’ pain and get them onto the right treatment plan, we see significant improvement in their mobility and happiness.
There are 2 parts to successfully managing osteo-arthritis in dogs once diagnosed.
A pain management program can include:
Rehabilitation therapies to include:
In the long term. Probably Not. We see many people wasting their money on therapies and medications that are not working for them at all. And most of these don’t come cheap. By investing in a correct diagnosis and a tailored treatment plan ensures that both you and your best mate are getting the most benefit from every dollar spent.
So – what are your thoughts?
Worth getting a diagnosis? We think so.