Learn to spot the biggest source of chronic pain in dogs

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Arthritis affects at least one in five dogs, and often what we think is normal aging are signs of chronic pain from arthritis.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common cause of chronic pain in dogs, but early intervention and comprehensive treatment can help dog owners and veterinarians successfully manage pain so dogs can stay active longer. 

Dr. Kirkby Shaw, DVM, launched CanineArthritis.org in July of this year to be a trusted educational resource for dog owners and veterinary professionals. Canine Arthritis Resources and Education (CARE – CanineArthritis.org), is a free and designed to help dog owners navigate OA with their veterinarian and learn techniques to improve their dog’s quality of life.

Screenshot of CARE website.

Veterinary professionals can sign up for free memberships to access tools, forms, and videos for use in their practice and that they can share with clients. 

“Veterinarians see dogs with OA daily but have many topics to cover during patient visits and may not have time to review comprehensive OA plans with their clients,” said Shaw. “I created CARE to help as many dogs with OA as possible — more than I can as a clinician in practice.”

Shaw is a small animal surgeon and rehabilitation specialist who has dedicated her career to advancing the field of canine arthritis management. She speaks around the world to other veterinary professionals, helping them identify osteoarthritis and pain in their patients and develop customized treatment plans for the best long-term results. 

For more information, visit CanineArthritis.org and follow CARE on Facebook (@CanineArthritis) and Instagram (@canine_arthritis_resources).