There are many options for managing imflammation and pain depending on the degree of arthritis. Radiographs ( xrays) are helpful to rule out other lesions and measure the amount of arthritic change. These are usually done under sedation to get decent views of each joint.
Neutroceuticals – these are often over -the-counter products that contain minerals like glucosamine, chrondoitin to help with joint repair and health.
- O2B healthy
Diets – these contain the building blocks for joint health within the dogs balanced meal avoiding tablets or additives.
- Royal Canin Mobility
- Hills J/d
Pentosan injections – these are a regime on injections that build up the repair of a joint. It may take 3-4 weekly injections before a noticeable response, then interval time can be spaced out. Never use when risk of bleeding.
Pain Relief – these are veterinary prescribed medications to help inflammation and/or pain. NEVER give these to CATS.
- Nsaids – Carprieve, Rimadyl, Metacam, Trocoxyl, Previcox etc. These can effect the liver and kidney so ideally regular bloods tests are done if on long term treatment.
- Gabapentin ( can be used in addition)
- Paracetamol ( short term only)
Physio therapy. This helps strengthen the inner core!
Exercise – some exercise is needed to provide mind stimulation, control weight and keep joints moving. This should be taylored to each individual. They may not be able to go the distance they once did, for example you wouldnt expect your grandparent to climb a hill! Little and often is better, rather than over – doing it with a long walk. Any movement is good so it can be playing games rather than longer walks on a lead.
Remember to avoid quick turns which could rupture a hind leg cruciate ligament, a common injury seen as pets as they age, which is expensive to repair.