Arthritis

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Ease Joints, Improve Mobility and Reduce Pain

Catching the early signs of stiff joints in pets can prevent pain and improve mobility in the long term and also help avoid the need for aggressive treatment later. It’s a common myth that stiffness and slowing down are normal signs of ageing, whereas in reality some simple changes can alleviate this pain and discomfort. Your pet’s quality of life can be improved and he can benefit from:

  • Reduced pain
  • Improved joint movement
  • Improved muscle strength and endurance
  • Improved flexibility
  • Restored maximum function

To find out if your animal may be suffering from stiff painful joints take our mobility survery here.

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A combination of approaches are used depending on the pet’s needs Initially your pet will be assessed so that a tailored programme can be developed to meet their individual needs. It can include a combination of:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Exercise
  • Prescription Diets
  • Advice on adaptations to your pet’s environment

Physiotherapy

Animals, like people, respond well to physiotherapy. It can help reduce pain, improve joint movement and flexibility and restore maximum function. Our ACPAT qualified experts in animal physiotherapy mobilise joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons, carry out therapeutic massage, myofascial trigger point release. Additional therapies including ultrasound, magnetic therapy and TENS can also be used.

Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy via an underwater treadmill can be used in the treatment of arthritis in cats and dogs. Older animals can exercise effectively on the underwater treadmill. The water in the canine underwater treadmill creates buoyancy which helps reduce the stress on joints while minimising pain and allows easier movement and extended range of movement for stiff joints and increases muscle strength and endurance. Whilst the warmth of the water assists in pain reduction and increases blood flow which helps promote healing. After a little hesitation most dogs tend to enjoy the whole experience and the nature of the treatment means that it is even suitable for older dogs.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been shown to have a painkilling effect in both humans and animals by triggering the hypothalamus-pituitary glands to release neurotransmitters and ‘natural painkilling’ hormones.

Exercise

In many instances specific exercises can further improve strength, flexibility, stability and proprioception. Our physiotherapists will devise individual exercise programmes to help each animal to reach their full potential.

Prescription Diets

Hill’s Prescription Diet j/d has been clinically proven to help pets to walk, run and jump better in as little as 21 days . It has been formulated to help pets’ joints move more easily and it helps interrupt cartilage degradation and manage your pet’s osteoarthritis. It has been developed to provide all the nutrition that your pet needs so there is no need for additional supplements.

Advice on Adaptations to your Pet's Environment

Dog physiotherapists can also give advice on adaptations to your animals' environment that will help them perform tasks more easily. This can be especially helpful for older animals or for those who have recently had surgery.

Signs that your pet may be suffering from arthritis include:

 

CATS DOGS
Rarely greets you or interacts with people Stiffness especially after resting
Reluctant to jump on or off surfaces Hesitates to go up or down stairs
Spends less time grooming and has a poor coat Lags behind or tires easily on walks
Rarely purrs or show signs of contentment Prefers to lie than sit or stand
Shows pain when joints are touched Whimpers, growls or snaps when you touch his joints

 

Read Arthritis advice from our physiotherapist