Arthritis in Pets
Arthritis in Pets
Osteoarthritis is an all-too-common disease of the joints that can lead to pain and reduced range of motion. While there is no simple cure, early detection and proper management can slow the progression of the disease and improve your pet’s quality of life.
In this webinar, recorded live on June 10, 2021, Dr. Leilani Alvarez, Director of the Tina Santi Flaherty Rehabilitation and Fitness Service at AMC, discusses the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis in dogs and cats. Learn how pain management, lifestyle modifications, exercise, and nutrition can help keep your pet comfortable and active.
Dr. Leilani Alvarez
Director of the Tina Santi Flaherty Rehabilitation & Fitness Service
Head of the Integrative and Rehabilitative Medicine Department
Dr. Alvarez is one of few specialists worldwide that is board certified in canine sports medicine and rehabilitation. She has been practicing rehabilitation medicine for over a decade. Her advanced training specializes her skills in diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue injuries such as joint injuries, ligament and tendon tears, and spinal injuries. Dr. Alvarez utilizes Integrative Medicine, which combines modern conventional approaches with Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Integrative Medicine includes therapies such as regenerative medicine (stem cells and platelet rich plasma), physical rehabilitation, acupuncture, spinal manipulation and herbal medicine, which help to increase the overall health of a patient and can often increase the success of conventional treatments.
Dr. Alvarez was the founder of a successful Integrative Medicine service at Katonah Bedford Veterinary Specialty Hospital prior to joining the staff of the AMC. She completed her rotating surgical and medicine internship and residency at AMC. She is also fluent in Spanish. Dr. Alvarez is a renowned national and international lecturer, research scientist, and accomplished author of peer-reviewed articles. She is the 2017 recipient of the prestigious John Sherman Award for Excellence in Veterinary Rehabilitation.
She leads one of only 5 accredited residencies nationwide for training residents in canine sports medicine and rehabilitation. Her research interests include soft tissue and sports injuries, geriatric medicine, joint supplements and nutraceuticals.