Causes of OA pain

“We can’t always know that our patient does hurt, but we can our best to ensure that is doesn’t hurt”

2014 WSAVA Guidelines for recognition, assessment and treatment of pain.

  • On average, vets say that nearly half their canine OA cases experience OA pain2
  • Owners may experience OA  pain as their pet having ‘off days’
  • 8 out of 10 of owners say their dog experiences an ‘off’ day due to OA at least once a week2
OWNER COMPLIANCE

OWNER COMPLIANCE

Missed doses of OA pain relief risk OA pain

Difficulties with owner compliance is a major barrier to consistent treatment of canine OA pain1

END OF DOSE PLASMA LEVELS

END OF DOSE PLASMA LEVELS

Variable plasma levels between doses may prevent consistent pain control

58% of vets believe daily dosing makes it difficult to achieve stable/consistent OA pain control2

FLARE UPS

FLARE UPS

Over-exercise or natural disease flare-ups risk breakthrough pain

90% of vets agree that canine OA pain is variable, often occurring in flare ups2

DISEASE PROGRESSION

DISEASE PROGRESSION

OA is a progressive disease and if management strategies don’t evolve with this progression, OA pain is a risk

Consequences of OA pain

 

Compromised welfare of the dog (and owner!)

OA pain can significantly affect a dog’s quality of life and can be really distressing for owners to experience3

Chronic pain

Repeated pain signals lead to peripheral and eventual central sensitisation, causing amplified and exaggerated response that is more difficult to control with analgesia4

Loss of owner confidence

Witnessing OA pain in their dog, despite following veterinary advice, can damage the trust that owners have in their vet and may even push some to stray from the treatment plan, in an attempt to help their dog7

May push some to stray from the treatment plan, in an attempt to help their dog7

1 in 2 owners say they would feel worried that their dog’s OA must be getting worse if their pet showed signs of pain or discomfort, despite following their vet’s advice7