Osteoarthritis in canines part 1: geriatric pain management

Mary Ellen Goldberg
Thursday, December 2, 2021

Osteoarthritis is a developmental disease that progresses as the canine ages. While incurable, there are ways to help mitigate the severity of the disease. Geriatric patients often have pain, lowered mobility, and decreased quality of life. Utilisation of clinical metrology instruments (CMIs), published pain management guidelines, multimodal medications, published quality of life scales, and the use of physical rehabilitation modalities/techniques enable the dog to live a full life. The dog's advancing age does not have to cause abrupt cessation of activities that all family members enjoy. Environmental modification and client education allow dogs to enjoy their entire life with their families.

Figure 1. Severe osteoarthritis deformity frontal view.
Figure 1. Severe osteoarthritis deformity frontal view.

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