Arthritis is a common condition in which there is pain in their joints. There are a lot of medications for this condition. You just have to ask the vet for the right medications. In dogs, arthritis could be a result of an old injury or there is too much stress in their joints. There are a lot of different treatments of arthritis depending on how much damage it has caused to the person. When it comes to treatment of dog arthritis, there are medicines and normal treatments that your dog can take, such as:
Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) are used for pain relief by lessening the inflammation in the joint areas. The pain disappears as quickly as you can expect.
Some examples are:
Then, there are neutroceuticals, which are nutritional supplements that have medicinal properties. But it may take weeks or months for the effect of the supplement to take months.
Some examples are:
• Omega 3 Fatty Acids
• Methyl Sulfonyl Methane (MSM)
Another treatment is using adequan injections which can improve the health of the joints. It contains protective cartilage known as polysulfated glycosaminoglycans that can help in improving the joints as well as relieving the pain. Corticosteroids are also effective pain relievers, but carry a high risk of side effects that can be a hindrance to a normal routine of a person.
Physical therapy is one of the common treatments that are available immediately once the veterinarian recommends it. It is an effective way of dealing with pain in dogs and, as long as you are there throughout the sessions, your dog will be arthritis-free in no time. Some forms of physical therapy are swimming and acupunctures, as well as some exercise. This is the most important therapy of all. Most of the listed above won’t work unless you and your dog will make an effort to do simple exercises with your dog.
But one treatment that shows promise to curing arthritis is adult stem cell therapy where it involves removing tissues in the dog that has arthritis. The stem cell is injected in these tissues for the joint to be cured, by clearing out the fluid that causes the arthritis. This is a bit expensive though and is still facing controversy because of moral issues (which actually involves dead fetuses and using them for science). You may want to stick first on physical therapy and exercise because you can do this anytime and anywhere, as well as bond with your dog.
Arthritis is a condition that can be cured so you don’t have to worry about getting worse, unless you don’t take care of your dog. Make sure to watch over him or her and never forget to visit the veterinarian.