Arthritis in Dogs

This is Ruby. Ruby is a 12-year-old sweet Doberman Pinscher who sees Dr. Yang and our Integrative and Sports Medicine department for management of severe hip arthritis and a right cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) injury. Due to her heart disease, Ruby is unable to undergo anesthesia for surgical intervention. Ruby had started dragging her hind limbs and experiencing significant difficulty getting up on her own, as well as having low energy overall. With a combination of in-clinic rehabilitation and a tailored medication/supplement plan, Ruby’s mobility and energy levels have markedly improved.

But did you know…

Over 20% of dogs will develop arthritis? It is important to know that arthritis is not a curable condition (yet!). However there are many proactive steps that can be taken to help our pets living with arthritis have a happy, active, and healthy life. A multi-modal approach often helps to maximize outcomes. Some things that are often discussed include:

  • Pain management
  • Weight loss and a nutritional plan
  • Regular, low-impact exercise
  • Supplements to help manage inflammation and protect your dog’s cartilage
  • Physical rehabilitation and therapeutic modalities
  • Surgery
  • Intra-articular injections
  • Acupuncture and other complementary therapies

If you have any questions or concerns about your pet having arthritis, please contact our Integrative and Sports Medicine department at (561) 741-4041.