Shooting health

Dr MATTHEW RICKS

Rheumatoid arthritis causes inflammation of the lining of the joints and the articular surface.

Over time, this can lead to deformity of the joint and affect its function.

There are three main types of treatment ranging from medical or surgical management to physiotherapy.

All will have a role to play and should be co-ordinated by your GP and a rheumatologist.

There are also special disease modifying drugs that can be effective on top of regular analgesias and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

  • Robert Codrington

    Dear Sir,
    We have two German Short Hair Pointer(GSP’s)bitches. One is 5 years old and the other almost 3. Both are working dogs but also live in the home as family pets. Just recently, they have had two serious fights. The younger bitch, which is physicaly larger, initiated both. Whist we were there on the first occasion, the second fight happened when some of the house staff were there. Both are quite highly strung, as GSP’s can be, although the older animal has calmed down. Does anyone have any suggestions/comments on how we can manage this situation before it gets completly out of control? Robert Codrington, Harare, Zimbabwe.