Considering 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.