Managing your pet’s arthritis:
Arthritis is caused by the breakdown of the cartilage that covers and protects the end of bones in a joint. As cartilage wears away the bones will touch and cause pain. Risk factors include breed inherited traits; overweight dog, large or giant breeds, age, joint trauma, and levels of high activity for long periods of time.
We have multiple products and suggestions that will help you manage your pet’s arthritis.
Adequan: Adequan is an injection for dogs only that contains a medication called polysulfated glycosaminoglycan. The injection is given in the muscle twice a week for 4 weeks consecutively. After these total of 8 injections, we would do a monthly or longer maintenance injection. Every dog is different in how long between injections they can go. Adequan is designed to help prevent the cartilage in your dog’s joint from wearing away. Studies show that it keeps the cartilage from breaking down and actually support the repair process. This treatment is best done earlier before advanced damage happens to the cartilage.
Dasuquin: Dasuquin is a chewable tablet administered daily. Initially the dose will be higher for 4-6 weeks, and then cut in half for a long term maintenance dose. It is also designed to help protect cartilage in your dog’s joints. Dasuquin contains Glucosamine, Chondroitin, ASU, and decaffeinated tea. Glucosamine and Chondroitin support the cartilage production and helps block enzymes that break down the cartilage. ASU helps glucosamine and Chondroitin by supporting joint function and comfort levels. It inhibits mediators that are involved in cartilage breakdown. The last component, Tea, helps because the rich antioxidants it contains have a positive effect on joints as well.
Dasuquin with MSM contains a sulfur based supplement that cartilage naturally uses. Supplementing it helps with the building of cartilage as well. When all of these different supplements are used together they have been shown to help the joints.
Omega-3’s/Fish Oil: Studies have shown that high levels of EPA and DHA can naturally reduce inflammation. This will help with the pain associated with arthritis. It also is a good supplement for your pet all around and may help with coat quality, skin problems, kidneys, heart, and allergies. Please use a product that is made for pets and contains vitamin e as well.
NSAIDs: Non Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug – reduces inflammation and helps control pain. When we use this medication long term we recommend monitoring blood work to check that the medication is not affecting your pet’s kidneys or liver.
Tramadol: Tramadol is a synthetic pain medication that can be given at wide range to help control your dog’s pain. It is safe and can be used with multiple different medications.
Gabapentin: Is a pain medication that can relieve pain related to nerve irritation. It has a wide dosing range and safety margin. It can initially make your pet more sedate, but they will adjust after being on it for a few days. It may be more helpful for pain that has been going on longer as opposed to a sudden (acute) problem.
What else can you do to help you pet: