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I am sorry to hear about this concern for Angel.
Elbow dysplasia infers she has signs of arthritis at an early age. I am sorry to hear about this diagnosis. It can be difficult to interpret these x-rays, so I always encourage that you request the x-rays be reviewed by a radiologist specialist.
Elbow dysplasia, just like hip dysplasia you may hear a lot about in labradors, can get progressively worse. it can require more invasive procedures like arthroscopy to go into the joint to try and clean out scar tissue and bony problems that may develop.
General medical management is usually in the form of joint support supplements, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications to help with inflammation in the joint, and pain medication as needed.
A few common medications prescribed by vets (not all options,but many of the most common choices): NSAIDS,RimadylDeramaxxMetacam
Currently, one of my favorite joint support supplements on the market is Dasuquin or Cosequin. Here is some more information about it. Many veterinarians and clients have observed that after a few months on a quality joint support product, they can often reduce the dose of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications there pets may already be taking. A supplement can take several weeks to observe benefit, so it is important additional anti-inflammatory or pain medications are used in the meantime. Product Information about Dasuquin / Cosequin
Also, an incredible clinically tested food to help with joint problems is J/D. J/D Diet
Another supplement to review would be Adequan injections for joint health. These injections are also quite popular and have helped many pets with arthritic disease. Adequan injectionsElbow Dysplasia
The link above is great and will help you when talking with your vet further about the condition and options.
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