Did you know that Rehabilitation Therapy and Acupuncture can be used for the treatment of arthritis and other musculoskeletal diseases?
Just as we rug up in our woolies as winter arrives so too do our pets feel the cold chill in the air. Older pets especially are affected by the cold weather. Any signs of stiffness or general aches and pains can be an indication that your pet has arthritis.
Arthritis is a painful disease of the joints caused by the degeneration of cartilage, which limits the normal range of movement. It can cause a range of signs from reluctance to go for walks, limping, stiffness in the mornings or when rising, changes in normal behaviour and even licking at the sore joints. Arthritis can affect all ages, types, and sizes of dogs and cats.
Some pets also have significant back pain or muscular restrictions (trigger points or muscle ‘knots’) that develop secondary to reduced range of motion and mobility in the joints.
A thorough examination will assess your pets joint range of motion and pain level. Further diagnostics including radiographs and blood tests help to develop a complete picture of your pets condition. Conventional medications such as anti-inflamatories are appropriate in many cases. However not all animals tolerate them well, there may be risks associated with using these medications in animals with other problems such as kidney or liver disease, and in some animals anti-inflamatories don’t seem to be effective enough.
Rehabilitation Therapy – which includes the use of physical therapy techniques, acupuncture and home exercise programs is a safe and effective way to help manage these cases. In combination with conventional medications, supplements and diet modification it can be used to relieve pain, promote better movement and muscle tone and slow down some degenerative or weakness conditions.
If Rehabilitation Therapy sounds like a good option for your pet this winter please contact Willunga Veterinary Hospital on 08 8556 2075 for an appointment with Dr Clare.
Dr Clare has qualifications in both Canine Rehabilitation Therapy and Veterinary Acupuncture and has been offering these services at Willunga Vets for over 12 years.