Physical therapy, including range-of-motion exercises, massage, and swimming can help treat severe disease. Bandages and/or splints may be placed around the joint to prevent further degradation of the cartilage, especially in dogs that are experiencing difficulty walking. Weight loss also helps decrease pressure on the joints if the dog is overweight.
Surgery for this condition is generally not recommended. However, total hip replacements, and femoral head ostectomy (surgical removal of part of the thigh bone) may be considered.
Arthrodesis of the carpus (wrist) is generally quite successful for treating joint pain and instability. Arthrodesis of the shoulder, elbow, stifle (knee), or hock (ankle), meanwhile, is not as reliable at yielding positive results.
Living and Management
Your veterinarian will schedule frequent follow-up appointments to examine your dog's progress. If your dog’s condition continues to worsen, you must contact your veterinarian immediately for care.
Removal of the bone through surgical means
A type of leukocyte in the body
A record of body structures using an x-ray
The displacement of the bone from its joint
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
The dislocation of a bone from the joint
The term for the joint between the femur and tibia (knee cap)
Any type of pain or tenderness or lack of soundness in the feet or legs of animals
a) inhaling b) getting out fluid or gas by the act of sucking.
Any substance or item that the body of an animal would regard as strange or unwanted; a foreign disease or virus in the body (toxin, etc.)
The process of removing tissue to examine it, usually for medical reasons.
Loss of epithelium to the basement membrane
A protein in the body that is designed to fight disease; antibodies are brought on by the presence of certain antigens in the system.
Relating to a disease of unknown origin, which may or may not have arisen spontaneously
White blood cells that are known for destroying disease and help to keep foreign substances out of the blood