Osteoarthritis presents itself with limping due to joint pain. The dog will show signs of joint stiffness, struggling to get up especially after a long period of rest, impaired mobility due to the cartilage being gradually worn away. Through palpation of the joint, you may feel swelling and inflammation. When moving the joint to establish the ROM you may feel crepitus. It is likely that there will be evidence of muscle atrophy due to the impaired mobility. This condition does not have to be limited to the older dogs as we often see younger dogs with this condition. We would use the treadmill for all arthritic dogs treatment because:

  • The buoyancy of the water supports the joints
  • It provides maximum flexion and extension of the limbs
  • Quickly increases muscle mass
  • Re-educates the gait pattern following the muscle atrophy in the fore or hind limbs
  • Provides an earlier return to activity
  • Very easy to observe the range of movement (ROM) through the glass sides
  • The dog is unable to cheat unlike in the pool where they have a tendency to tuck their hind legs up making it difficult to get a good rom.

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