About CARE

CARE began as a way to help veterinarians and dog owners work together to combat an epidemic that affects at least 1 in 5 dogs – canine arthritis or osteoarthritis (OA).  The dogs we love and care for can’t tell us when they’re in pain, and often the signs of chronic pain related to OA are subtle and mistaken for our dogs simply getting older and slowing down.  While at present there is no cure for OA, early detection and proactive treatment can tremendously help the dogs in our lives stay active and enjoy a better quality of life for more years.

A personal and professional mission

CARE was founded by Dr. Kristin Kirkby Shaw, DVM, MS, Ph.D., CCRT, DACVS, DACVSMR, a lifelong dog lover who has spent her career as a veterinary surgeon and rehabilitation specialist helping to educate both colleagues and clients about how to diagnose and manage canine arthritis.

CARE has expanded to include articles, videos, and resources from respected experts on a wide range of topics related to canine arthritis. Read more about the CARE contributors and view their content.