Managing Osteoarthritis (OA) in the Dog
What is osteoarthritis (OA) in dogs and can it be treated?
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a very common problem in dogs. It can affect dogs in various ways through the different stages of their life, from being barely noticeable to absolutely debilitating. It is a progressive disease, but its rate of progression will vary based on the cause and how it is managed.
Situational Awareness
The veterinary profession has made great strides in managing OA over the past 20 years, and not simply because we have better drugs! We better understand how to create and maintain joint health, which means we have identified many tools that can be utilized to improve the function and decrease the pain of an arthritic joint.
The term “multimodal treatment approach” is used frequently when discussing OA. Although it might be comforting to know that there are many tools at our disposal to help manage OA, it can also be daunting to figure out how to put it all together.
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What the client needs to know:
Pre-management Considerations:
Get ready to manage OA
This slide depicts the main categories of tools used to manage OA and their importance.
There is so much to be discussed within each topic but the lifestyle category is an especially vast topic that must fit the individual patient’s needs. Exercise is the cornerstone of OA management.
Medications that are commonly used for the treatment of OA include: NSAIDs, Tramadol, Amantidine and gabapentin, but not all work well for OA.
Chondroprotectives (although not medications per se) do play a role in OA management as they can have a positive effect on the patient.
Modalities such as laser therapy and ultrasound can also be helpful, but there are many more modalities that owners can consider to help manage their pet.
Surgery is definitely the least important category but it has its place, especially when it comes to hip OA and that of the carpal and hock joints.
What you get when you register
This workshop consists of a narrated video which goes through the different OA management categories in detail. There are numerous tools offered to help treat these patients but most importantly, the information is tangible and practical so that you can get your patient started in the right direction.
Commonly used medications are discussed as to whether they really work and how to use them. The same applies to Chondroprotectives: various modalities and surgeries. The information in this workshop is a combination of evidence based research, results from randomized clinical trials but also years of experience managing such cases. Successful management of OA is so much more than just using the correct medications and modalities in the correct way.
I discuss how I specifically tend to manage OA cases of different levels of severity. My goal with the case examples is to give you a template that you can then adjust to suit you best.

Q & A

How long do dogs live with OA?
What is a pet’s quality of life (QoL) with OA:

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