Sally is a bright and active 1 year old Labrador who was limping on her front limbs when she visited the Veterinary Centre Waimate recently.
X-rays were taken and showed severe osteoarthritis in both elbows. This is most likely the result of Elbow Dysplasia - a developmental disorder causing abnormalities in the formation and growth of bones in the elbow that leads to Degenerative Joint Disease.
Sally started on a food designed especially for her sensitive joints and was given Trocoxil for arthritic pain relief. Maintaining her activity with consistent low impact exercise and avoiding outbursts of strenuous exercise is also an important part of management. Despite developing arthritis at a young age, Sally is doing very well with her current Veterinary Centre treatment plan and continues her active happy lifestyle!