Rory used to be a very nervous dog that suffered from separation anxiety but after the help of some Adaptil diffusers in his home he is now a very relaxed, happy and active five year old Staffordshire terrier who just loves to chase balls. Rory came into our clinic as he had been licking at his foot and limping on one of his back legs.
Dogs will often lick an area when that particular area is painful and so we suspected Rory had injured one of his legs during a sprint for a ball! After some investigative X-rays, we found that something else was going on with Rory - he was diagnosed with bilateral Osteoarthritis.
Arthritis is a generalised term for joint changes that are caused by wear and tear, cartilage acts as a cushion that protects bones and as it wears away the joint becomes stiff, pain begins to appear and mobility gradually decreases as the disease progresses. There are many factors that can contribute to arthritis such as age, breed, weight, congenital factors and trauma.
Arthritis is not curable but there are a few things that can be done to help ease the process so after consulting with our Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Andrew Jacotine on the best approach for Rory, it was decided that the best approach was medical for the time being.
The vets decided to treat Rory with a four pronged medical plan:
1. Rory started having Synovan injections which are injections designed to stimulate cartilage synthesis and repair. They also have an anti-inflammatory affect to aid the treatment of joint disease.
2. Rory is currently being treated with hydrotherapy at Kepala canine centre. Rory takes a swim weekly to help restrengthen his back legs without putting unecessary strain on them, his owner Marion says he was a little reluctant at first but has now gotten quite used to the pool and his floaty harness.
3. Rory is now fed on a prescription diet for joints called Hills J/D (joint diet) which is specifically formulated for dogs with mobility and joint issues. It has helpful additives in it such as Omega 3 and other fatty acids to help nourish cartilage and it is also calorie controlled to help maintain a healthier weight in dogs with arthritis, as excess weight can exacerbate the disease and the severity of the symptoms.
4. Anti-inflammatory and pain relief medications we given to Rory to minimise as much discomfort as possible.
We hope that Rory continues to enjoy his hydrotherapy and wish him and his owner Marion a very happy and comfortable life!