Whats new in canine and feline arthritis management?

by Station House Vets
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by Vicky Williams MRCVS

Here at Station House Vets we offer the latest treatments for canine and feline osteoarthritis.

The main symptoms of osteoarthritis are pain and stiffness associated with the joints and the disease can significantly reduce quality of life. There is a lot on offer for pets with arthritis.

Acupuncture is on offer at Station House and is becoming more popular as people see the benefits it offers their pets. It utilises the body’s nervous system to block pain signals and encourage the central nervous system to release natural painkillers. It can be used to treat a range of conditions including: arthritis, neck and spinal pain, muscle pain, nerve pain, visceral pain. We offer an initial assessment, a course of 3 x weekly treatments, followed by a maintenance programme specific to your dog or cat (we have also treated a few rabbits!).

Veterinary physiotherapy takes a holistic approach to each animal’s individual needs. It is used alongside medicine to aid the treatment of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. Physiotherapy assists in rehabilitation and aims to control and relieve pain, restore function and improve movement. Depending on your dogs’ circumstances, management and behaviour, there are a range of treatments including manual techniques, electrotherapies and remedial exercises. We offer an initial assessment with Megan Creighton Veterinary Physiotherapy followed by home care and after-care advice, and 6-week rehab programmes where more support is needed.

Librela (dog) and Solensia (cat) are new veterinary medicines given as a monthly injection and antibody therapies. We have found this novel medication alleviates pain very effectively for one month and has a good safety profile with minimal side effects.

Diet can play a huge part in weight control and management of osteoarthritis. We have had great results with Hills Metabolic and Mobility diet for weight loss and alleviation of joint inflammation, and Hills JD for those who don’t require weight loss but do need joint support.

We recently had delightful canine patient who, as a result of acupuncture and diet advice from us to control her arthritis and weight, has been nominated as a Hills canine slimmer of the year. More about that another time!

Contact Station House Vets on 01653 618303. www.stationhousevets.com

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