Can involve one or all of the following:
- Chiropractic Care
- Nutritional Counseling
- Physical therapy
- Whole Food Supplements
Once osteoarthritis is present on a x-ray, dysplastic changes are irreversible and usually continue to progress over time. If a dysplastic animal has secondary arthritis and pain, most owners elect to first treat their animal with medical management. The key to medical management of arthritis is weight control and exercise management. Studies have shown that up to 76% of severely dysplastic animals with arthritis secondary to HD are able to function and live comfortable quality lives with conservative management.
With weight control the goal is to prevent your animal from becoming overweight to reduce mechanical stresses applied to the hip joints. In general terms, their ribs should be easily palpated and there should be an indentation in front of the pelvic wings (waist line).
Controlled exercise is indicated to prevent or relieve the inflammatory process that leads to the pain associated with arthritis. The amount and difficulty of the activity is determined on a trial and error basis. Exercise should start with short walks and be gradually increased until the animal reaches the desired level of activity. If clinical signs start to reappear, the amount of exercise is scaled back to a level that will not cause clinical signs. Overall, exercise should fit to an individual animal's maximum intensity level with the goal to maintain muscle tone and cardiovascular function without causing pain, stiffness, and inflammation to the joint. The right amount of exercise helps to maintain muscle tone and strength and stabilizes the unstable dysplastic joint. Exercise also improves joint range of motion, which in turn, keeps the dog more comfortable. Swimming, because it is a non-weight bearing exercise, can be a very useful means of maintaining muscle tone and range of motion without placing concussive forces on the joint.
OFA Procedures Client Information:
- Do NOT feed your animal for12 hours prior to their appointment. Even though we do most animals without any form of sedation, occasionally it is required. Should the need arise, this will be discussed with you and an estimate will be provided.
- Bring: your registration papers (AKC/CKC/UKC)
- OFA requires a permanent identification such as a tattoo or microchip. If your pet is not microchiped we can do that for you at their appointment for $35.55.
- Fees: This is for Radiographs ONLY. (This does not include OFA submission & mailing fees.)
- Hips $95
- Elbows $85
- There is a 10% discount available on Radiographs for 3 or more dogs done on the same day.
OFA has submission fees- Hips $30, Hips/Elbows $35, Elbows only $25. We suggest owners mail the Radiographs themselves and include the appropriate fees to OFA directly.
In order for your pet to recieve a permanent number from OFA it must be 2 years or older (preliminary radiograph, submission fees and kennel/litter rates are less). Please go to the OFA website below for more information.
CLICK HERE fo be redirected to the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals website for more indepth information and where you can download forms to bring with you to your pets appointment or visit OFFA.ORG's main page for general information.