“Caring for your dog can be a lifelong commitment, but it is also one which can help him to achieve a fuller, active, and happy life. With the right support in place, your loved one’s ability to thrive and function will be enhanced.”
Veterinarians should use this information on a regular basis to help identify the prognosis of dogs and cats living with in uncomfortable or healthy situations. This is particularly important for new dogs, for those animals with incompletely resolved disease or those animals who require additional medical interventions because of its severity. Most patients do not progress to full-fledged arthritis, often going as far as four to six years after an initial episode. This is especially surprising given the fact that the first phase of the disease (with associated bone, joint, joint fluid abnormalities, and joint pain) lasts two to six months. Thus, dogs with the disease and their families must be encouraged to undergo follow-up surgery and to take an aggressive approach to controlling symptoms and the pain, since arthritis will progress slowly over time even without this early intervention.
An individual dog is diagnosed with osteoarthritis through a physical examination, diagnostic imaging, and physical therapy. The physical examination measures the animal’s ability to stand on its own without assistance (to exclude other ailments or diseases). An x-ray is used to diagnose arthritis an ultrasound. Veterinarians would be better off treating their patients in an animal hospital rather than a vet clinic.
“A vet is trained to diagnose and treat human diseases,” says Dr. Bruce Loe. “A vet is trained to diagnose and treat dog diseases. So I think it’s more important to do something that provides a better outcome in a human-animal unit than it is to run from one extreme to the other.”
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