A. There is no cure at this stage in the disease process and it is a case of managing the arthritis changes in the joint or if very severe hip replacements. The cornerstones of treatment are weight management to reduce excess stresses on the joints, regular exercise to maintain muscle and joint support and treatments targeted at arthritis. One of the most effective methods is a specific diet which reduces inflammation and helps to repair cartilage (Hills J/D or Metabolic Mobility if overweight) and many dogs are managed very successfully with pain free, improved mobility in as little as 3-4weeks; these are already supplemented with omega fatty acids and joint supports such as glucosamine. Pain medications, joint supports such as cartrophen injections to improve the quality of the lubricating fluid in the joint also help in certain cases. Chiropractic care can help to manage the restrictions which develop due to altered mobility, acupuncture can help with pain management and physiotherapy including hydrotherapy can help to maintain core muscle strength and fitness also.
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