BULLETIN BOARD - News & Views
We now carry and use THE ASSISI LOOP. This is a medical device that uses a Targeted Pulsed Electromagnetic Field which causes a micro current to flow in the tissue where it is placed. This creates a biological process to increase the production of Nitric Oxide - a key chemical in the healing process. This device may be used for acute conditions - such as post-surgical recovery and for chronic or degenerative conditions. Ask for a demo and find out if this is an appropriate treatment for your pet.
EXACTLY WHAT IS OSTEOARTHRITIS?
Osteoarthritis is a chronic degenerative disease that may affect any joint but is commonly found in a pet’s hip, elbow, shoulder, stifle (knee) , carpus (wrist), hock (ankle) or intervertebral joints (in the spine). It occurs when cartilage in the joint is damaged, either following a traumatic event or with wear and tear that increases in athletic animals, obese animals, or when the joint is congenitally abnormal.
Cartilage decreases joint stress by reducing impact on the ends of the bones in joints, like a gelatinous shock absorber. When cartilage is damaged, a cascade of inflammatory changes occurs, eventually leading to destruction of the cartilage and subsequent damage to the underlying bone. Cartilage contains no nerves – if your pet is showing any signs of pain, the damage and changes in underlying bone have already begun.
Signs of arthritis include:
Reluctance to take walks of usual length
Stiffness (that may disappear once the pet has ‘warmed up’)
Difficulty climbing stairs, climbing in the car, on the bed or a sofa
Difficulty rising from rest
Licking of a single joint
Acting withdrawn, spending less time playing with family (which is often misunderstood as a sign of ‘aging’)
Soreness when touched
Rarely, aggression when touched or approached
Ask your veterinarian about acupuncture and laser therapy for osteoarthritis