Arthritis in dogs – Vet Advice

At the Abbey House Veterinary Hospital in
Morley near Leeds, the vets treat 400 dogs every week. One of the most common problems
they come across is arthritis which affects one in five dogs in the UK. Any older dog will have arthritis to some
degree. Larger breed dogs such as Labradors, they’re quite prone to arthritis and we see
that quite commonly and sometimes it can be quite debilitating for them. In the waiting room is eleven year old Labrador
Coral who’s suffered from arthritis in both her front legs for many years. Her owner Alan
has become increasingly concerned. Recently it’s seriously inhibited her life.
She can go for a short walk but then it’s very difficult for her to get back to the
car. If it’s just say a mile or half a mile, which for her is nothing. Last week Alan brought Coral in for an x-ray
to find out the severity of the problem and it wasn’t good news. Her right elbow was the one that was the worst.
But you can see there’s a big spike of bone here and a smaller one there. Some other areas
of new bone round the back, and just general arthritic changes. All these bits of bone
are abnormal. On a normal dog, these areas are quite smooth and that’s what allows the
joint to function properly. If there’s any of this new bone forming on here, then every
time she moves her elbow that’s why it’s painful. Coral has since been put on new medication
and so far it seems to be working. The painkillers we’ve had before, as I say,
weren’t particularly successful. But the Metacam, which we’ve been given this time seems to
have done a lot of good. She’s – as you can see, sh’s far more sprightly than she was
when she first came here. Even now she’s the lead dog, because I have two, and she was
always the lead dog in those days. I think it’s a ‘-well, maybe it’s a female thing.
Her brother takes second place now. There isn’t a cure for arthritis but there
are treatments out there to make your dog’s life more comfortable. There are nutritional supplements that we
can give, such as glucosamine that can help with the joints and help with the cartilage,
so. But then there’s also anti-inflammatory drugs that they can go on that act as a painkiller
so it makes them more comfortable, and you can see a real change in your dog. So over
the years your dog may have developed arthritis and gradually slowed down and you’ve not really
seen that there’s much of a change. But then as soon as they start the medication they’re
back to how they were five years ago again. Right, then, can we have a little feel of
this leg? Good girl. She’s still very stiff in this elbow and it does still- you can hear
it crunching almost when you’re examining her. But she’s not as painful as she was as
well, so it must be Well, I know it’s not going to get better. No, it’s not. It’s hereditary in the breed. Yeah. Well, I’m really happy with how she’s doing
so far. So if we could just have another check of her in about three months’ time just to
see how she’s getting on then. Since taking the treatment Coral’s quality
of life has greatly improved. She is more energetic and can manage a daily walk of up
to a mile and a half. Bye. Thanks for coming. See you later.

10 thoughts on “Arthritis in dogs – Vet Advice

  • chondroitin and glucosamine will destroy a dogs arthritis….you don`t need a vet and your dog will walk again. JUST TRY IT

  • metacam made my dog poo blood from just one dose. Don't chance it. It actually makes the arthritis worse after an initial improvement. Independant trials (ie not drug co.funded) have shown Rosehip and Boswellia extract to actually regenerate the joints..something a drug cannot do.

  • What this video did not discuss is the fact that this treatment will kill the dog as it causes renal failure. I have been there, I discussed a change of diet with the vet who said diet makes no difference. Once the dog developed renal failure, she went on a renal diet rich in omega fatty acids. I decided to stop actively killing my dog with drugs, her arthritis improved on the diet and she survived two years with renal failure. I also gave glucosamine and chondroitin and cold pressed rapeseed oil. I was sadly advised that NSAIDS therapy was the rest of the dog’s life. Such treatment should, in my opinion, only be given in conjunction with remedial diet and reviewed.

  • For those who aren't aware of this or who can't afford a vet, CUT YOUR DOG'S NAILS. It can change your dog's life. Nail clippers go for less than 40 dollars. If he doesn't want you to touch his paws, make sure he's lying down, pour a few drops of milk in his bowl and when he's distracted… Clamp down hard and cut. It's a long process but it works. He might slip a couple of times because the paws are still getting used to the feeling of complete control. He'll be getting up and sitting down a lot better and faster. And gelatin is good for them too.

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