Alternative Remedies for Canine Arthritis

dog no longer dealing with arthritisConsidering that you are reading this article, you must be someone who is concerned about joint problems in dogs. Sure, it’s excruciating to see a beloved pet in pain but some things in this world are simply inevitable. We all need to take it in stride and do the best we can to ease our pet’s suffering, right?

If your pet dog is arthritic, you have several treatment options to choose from. There’s nutraceuticals, other oral supplements, injectables agents and anti-inflammatory drugs. Any of these can be used for the successful relief of joint problems but they vary in many ways. For nutraceutical and other oral supplements, they are usually preferred by many veterinarians and dog owners because they cause fewer or no side effects and do not tend to cause toxicity either.

Injectable agents are also highly effective but they have a higher risks compared with oral supplements. These agents are fast acting because they are administered directly to the affected area. The bad thing about injectables is that it is far too costly. It’ll also be a bit of a hassle for you to go back and forth to the vet’s clinic several times a week for your pet’s dose. There are some serious side effects to watch out for with this treatment option, so some veterinarians hesitate in using this option as the main arthritis medication for dogs.

Anti-inflammatory agents are also effective but they are the drugs that must be treated with absolute care. In fact, your dog might even need blood tests done on a regular basis throughout the duration of the treatment with anti-inflammatory agents because of the risk for toxicity. You will also need to watch out for signs of adverse effects at all times. No letting your guard down here.

Here are the nutraceuticals, injectables and other supplements that are highly recommended.

  1. Nutraceuticals – In this category, there are two that are used for the treatment of osteoarthritis in dogs. That includes Chondroitin sulfate and Glucosamine sulfate. Though effective when used individually, their efficiency doubles when used side by side to treat osteoarthritis.
  2. Omega-3 Fatty Acids – These have anti-inflammatory properties so they are used to treat arthritis in dogs. This is also useful in atopy management and in achieving general health. It is even used as an integral part of the diet in dogs suffering from cancer.
  3. Duralactin – this is a product derived from cow’s milk that is used to treat musculoskeletal problems in canines. It can be used alone or coupled with anti-inflammatory drugs.
  4. MSM – also known as methyl sulfonyl methane, it’s a supplement that is made from kelp. It helps in the production of essential elements like glucosamine, collagen and chondrotoin. It is also a potent anti-inflammatory agent.
  5. Hyaluronic Acid – this is a major substance found in joint fluid. It is injected directly to the joint to increase the viscosity of the joint fluid which in turn, would help protect the joints. It is not labeled for canines, so very close supervision of the vet.
  6. Polysulfated Glycosaminoglycan – this is an injectable drug that is usually administered into the muscle. It also protects the cartilage from breaking down and helps in creating new cartilage. It is also one of the most expensive treatment option available for canine osteoarthritis.

In addition to these, anti-inflammatory agents such as NSAIDs, Aspirin and Corticosteroids are also used in managing pain and inflammation. Any of these can be used to treat your pet, so seek the advice of a trusted veterinarian for best results.

What You Need to Do When You Have a Pup

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It’s a wonderful thing when you decide to take a small pup as your companion. The truth is that the dog will be so much more than just a companion – he will be your friend and he will also be an important part of your family. Taking a dog it’s a huge responsibility, because you will have to take care of him properly and offer him or her more than just love.

Here is what you need to know to be able to take care of him easily:

Vaccines

Being small, a pup needs to have immunity against different illnesses that are specific to the canine race. Because of this and because he can’t fight alone against those, you need to take him to a vet to have the pup vaccinated.

When it’s about 2 months, you have to give him the first shot, then again periodically until he is 1 year old. There are different vaccines that are made until that age, and the doctor will know what to do. Once the dog_PNG195dog has become older than 1 year, the vet will give him a polyvalent shot, which contains protection against almost all of the possible illnesses for canines.

Special Place

Yes, it’s fun to see your pup follow you around everywhere in the house, but the truth is that he needs his own place. Get a special pillow for him – you can find these in the animal shops and are real cheap – and arrange for his special place. Make sure you show him the place, and allow him to get used to it. Don’t insist if the pup doesn’t want to stay there – when he has fallen asleep move him to his pillow. After a few tries, you will see that the dog will go directly to his pillow when he wants to sleep.

Food

The vet will tell him what kind of food to give him. When they are puppies, the dogs need at least three meals per day. Don’t change the place where he eats and drinks water, as you will get the pup confused and he will understand that it’s ok to eat everywhere around the house. Set up for his own place, usually in the kitchen to be able to clean it easily. Once the dog has grown, after 1 year of age, he will need one meal per day. The same way, the vet will tell you what food to give him and in what quantity.

Play

mousey_dogPlaying is an important part of a dog’s life. They can’t be forced to learn something, and playing is the only way that teaches them properly. If you want your dog to learn a new trick or to follow your commands, play with him and repay him with a treat (use dog treats or small pieces of cheese, as they like it really much).

Apart from training, just play with your dog. This will increase the existing bond and it will let you know each other better and better. Spending time with your dog represents quality time, so don’t lose it.

The Vet

311dca65de1ebda0e8dccae7e2748796Take your dog regularly to a specialized vet. This will prevent so many things, as his health is also important. The vet will give him the usual shots, but he will also make sure that the dog has a good health and that he is in a good condition. They can’t say what is wrong with them, and whenever you see your dog being too sad or listless, without joy and without appetite, take him to the vet. The dog might have a serious problem and you are not specialized to identify it at home.

Whenever you want to learn more about taking care of your pup, make us a visit at LC Pups and we’ll help you out!