Sherry’s Blog - Autumn 2018

Canine Arthritis Management

by Sherry Scott MBE

A talk at the IAAT AGM given by Hannah Capon MA Vet MB MRCVS, Director at Canine Arthritis Management, brought home to the Animal Therapists present the great need for help with our canine patients who suffer the pain and disability that seems to come with the old age of most breeds.

Early signs of discomfort help us start treatment faster to improve quality of life and a home visit also helps to bring to light many possible contributing factors.

Hannah spoke to our delegates about the setting up of CAM (Canine Arthritis Management). Key to this is a free online resource (www.caninearthritis.co.uk). She has some upcoming CPD events and you can contact her at hannah@caninearthritis.co.uk.

These eye catching bandanas are designed to not only look great, but to tell the world your dog has arthritis and you're managing it well. They also shout "be careful around me, I'm not as strong on these legs as I used to be". They also tell people to "give me a wide berth as I don't like being bumped into".

At the College we encourage our students to persuade their vets to hold Arthritic Physio Clinics teaching that the environment the dogs are kept in can make a huge difference. Some areas to be aware of are:

  • Slippery floors
  • Hairy feet that need to be trimmed
  • Steps/stairs
  • Jumping out of cars and off beds
  • Chasing balls
  • Over-exercising (exercise should be in small doses but often)
  • Weight is a very big factor

We are very lucky our treatments make a great improvement so vets are very happy to refer their patients because medication alone is not enough.

The CAM shop (www.camonlineshop.com) sells a number of aids and the yellow bandana is a visual reminder that the wearer suffers with arthritis and enables the public to be more considerate.

Hannah is very passionate about educating animal therapy professionals and owners, as changing a few small things can make a huge difference to the reduction of pain and increase in wellbeing of the canine patient. There is a range of resources available on the CAM website to promote education on this very common problem.