What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints, and in the same way humans can develop it as they grow older, pets are also susceptible. Arthritis is just as uncomfortable for animals as it is for humans, and is a common problem for many dogs. In healthy joints the bone surfaces are covered with a smooth layer of cartilage. This cartilage is lubricated with joint fluid, which allows the bone surfaces to glide over each other with minimal friction. In dogs with arthritis, the cartilage becomes damaged creating worn, uneven bone surfaces, this results in them rubbing against each other when moving around. It is this friction which contributes to the pain and swelling in an arthritic joint. Whilst typically seen in older dogs, the condition can develop at any time, and it is commonly worse in overweight & unfit dogs. Physiotherapy and a weight management programme can help to relieve some of the pressure on the joints, by maximising the range of movement and fitness of the muscles.

How do we treat arthritis?

At Physio Vet, we see over 70 arthritis patients at the clinic each week, and treat them using a multi-modal arthritis management programme for managing & improving arthritis patients.

As part of this programme, we develop a bespoke plan, incorporating pain management, dietary advice, joint improvement and exercise guideline. Alongside this, we provide help sheets for owners to support their pet.

Be Referred

We would love to be able to get your pet back on their feet. We don’t require a referral from your vet for your pet to receive treatment with us. We will contact your first opinion vet for a history and any X-rays etc. You just need to turn up with your ‘fur baby’ – and both relax! We have made Physio-Vet, as unlike a normal vets as possible. We don’t have examination tables, we have comfortable mats, so that we are down at your ‘fur baby’s’ level, to reassure them whilst they are examined and initial appointments aren’t rushed either, as we allow a full hour for it. So, please rest assured your ‘fur baby’ is in good, caring hands!
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