further veterinary intervention
Arthritis is a complex disease initially localised to the joint but over time impacts the rest of the body and mind. There are a vast array of ways that this disease will present itself as arthritis of the elbow will progress differently to arthritis of the hip. Add in individual variation due to age, breed, sex, weight, lifestyle, co-morbidities and you have a disease that can create countless presentations. A one-size-fits-all approach is impossible. Some dogs may cope with their arthritis very well with weight control and lifestyle adaptations, whereas others will have had surgery and be on 3-4 medications, weight control, hydrotherapy, laser therapy, lifestyle adaptations, controlled exercise and still the pain of arthritis is difficult to control.
Whilst starting with holistic and often simple lifestyle changes is always preferred, there are inevitably times where some degree of further veterinary intervention is required, be that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications or a poly-pharmacy and rehabilitative approach, particularly in severe cases or later in the progression of the disease.
additional approaches to your management plan
Listed below are a few additions that are commonly added to a management plan (if not already on board from the diagnosis). This list is by no means exhaustive, but offers the reader an understanding of additional approaches as well as a guide to start further discussion with their veterinarian.