So, can arthritis be cured?
Whoever manages to fix this one, they're going to be a very wealthy person, because no, it can't. The only way that you will ever, ever get rid of arthritis is to remove the whole joint and replace it. So, this is quite commonplace now with hips. If your dog has hip arthritis, then you can certainly consult with your vet and seek referral by hip replacements, if your dog is suitable.
If there isn't a cure, what can I do to help my dog with arthritis?
But with regards to potions and lotions and pills, no, there isn't a cure of arthritis. Unfortunately, it's a degenerative condition that starts generally at quite a young age. The biggest cause of arthritis in dogs is actually developmental. These are joints that aren't a perfect fit from a very young age, or trauma. So these are joints that had a lot of impact forces through their life, or they've been involved in an accident. So arthritis just slowly bubbles away. All we can do is try and control it, slow it and certainly improve the clinical science. But even with that negative story of, we can't cure it, we can still get brilliant quality of life for our dogs for a very, very long time.
For additional information about canine arthritis, check out Dr. Capon's work at Canine Arthritis Management.
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