July 01, 2009

 

 Online arthritis resource for pet owners

posted June 16, 2009
 

To educate pet owners about arthritis—and ways to prevent and treat it—the Morris Animal Foundation developed a Web site at www.MorrisAnimalFoundation.org/arthritis with tips on early detection and treatment of arthritis in pets.

Videos on the site feature pet owners as well as interviews with veterinarians and an animal chiropractor. The site offers management tips, resources for helping pets at home, and links to the latest in MAF-sponsored research.

Veterinary researchers estimate that 20 percent of adult dogs have osteoarthritis and that 45 percent of cats experience arthritic pain, according to the foundation, which has supported approximately 15 studies on arthritis-related issues. Current research focuses on the efficacy of various complementary treatments for arthritis.