Press release issued 13 August 2012
Pets are living longer thanks to improvements in nutrition and advances in veterinary medicine but they are still prone to arthritis as they get older and the disease is one of the most common causes of joint problems in animals.
The talk will cover what is arthritis and treatments available, such as acupuncture, joint supplements, mobility clinics, medication and physiotherapy.
Arthritis affects the smooth cartilage of the joint, which is the covering of bone in the joints that is responsible for the smooth, non-painful motion of joints. When it becomes worn, raw bone surfaces become exposed and rub together. It can occur over a lifetime of wear or as a result of injury.
The most common form of arthritis is degenerative osteoarthritis, which can be primary, where the cause is not known, or secondary, caused by conditions such as hip dysplasia or injuries.
Dr Jo Murrell and Gwen Covey-Crump, from the University’s Vet School, who will be giving the talk, said: “A balanced diet and weight control are vital in the management of arthritis in pets. In many cases, regular exercise is also important.”
To book a place at the talk, contact the Small Animal Practice on tel 01934 852422.
The Small Animal Practice is run by Langford Veterinary Services Ltd, a totally owned subsidiary of the University of Bristol.
The Small Animal Practice at Langford is a first opinion veterinary practice serving the local community. The practice provides an up-to-date veterinary service for dogs, cats, rabbits, small pets and exotic species (e.g. birds, reptiles and fish).
Langford Veterinary Services is a customer focussed veterinary business providing an extensive range of specialist capabilities and a superior quality of care. All clinics are supported by highly specialised clinicians, diagnostic imagers, anaesthetists, nurses and other support staff.
Langford Veterinary Services Ltd is a totally owned subsidiary of the University of Bristol.
A balanced diet and weight control are vital in the management of arthritis in pets. In many cases, regular exercise is also important.