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OSTEOARTHRITIS

 

What is Osteoarthritis and how does it affect PET?

 

Arthritis is the number one cause of chronic pain in the dog and cat. The condition itself is the result of long term stresses and instability of a joint either as a result of old injury or of natural development of the joint in that individual. While surgery may be able to help in some situations, most of the time the degeneration of the joint cannot be reversed and treatment focuses on preventing progression of damage. Numerous products are available on the market; some are best combined with others and some cannot be combined. The following is a summary of options:

 

How can it be treated?

A course of 4 weekly injections given under the the skin. It has anti-inflammatory effects, helps prevent cartilage destruction and improves joint lubrication. The effects of a course can last up to 6-12 months in individuals. Some only require a top up injection to last the winter. It can also be used in combination with supplements and anti-inflammatories.

 

Anti-inflammatories

Provide fast acting pain relief but has no protective effects for the joints themselves. Some patients may aggravate their injuries, so rest/ gentle exercise only as prescribed by the vet. Not ideal for long- term use, as can affect the liver and kidneys especially in older patients. Can not be used in combination with corticosteroids.

 

Corticosteroids

Provides pain relief but accelerates cartilage destruction. So is generally only considered once other avenues are exhausted.

 

If you think your dog may be suffering from any pain call the friendly staff at Mudgee Veterinary Hospital for advice and assistance.

 


 

Supplements

Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Glucosamine and Chondrotin, Green lipped mussel extract etc.

Omega 3 fatty acids are known for their anti-inflammatory effects. Glucosamine and chondroitin provide the building blocks cartilage needs to rebuild itself. Unlike NSAIDs, these products do not produce rapid results; one to two months are needed for them to build up to adequate amounts.

 

Sasha’s Blend

Contains all natural marine concentrates with joint protective properties. It comes ina powdered or capsule form to be given once a day. Slow onset of effect as it can take up to a month to see effects

 

Benelox (Active)

Natural bio-marine oil extract that can be added to food, it claims to be beneficial for adult and senior dogs & cats showing visible signs of aging, including decreased activity, mobility and alertness. Being in oil form, it is generally more palatable than tablets or powders. It can also improve coat and skin condition.

 

Cosequin

Contains chondroitin sulfate, glucosamine hydrochloride and manganese ascorbate. These ingredients have been scientifically formulated to support and maintain the structure of the cartilage in joints while inhibiting the enzymes that break down cartilage. It comes in capsules or chewable tablets.

 

Diets

Hill’s Canine j/d provide enhanced levels of glucosamine and chondroitin and L-carnitine (which helps maintain optimum body weight). 

Royal Canin’s Mobility support contain enhanced levels of omega-3 fatty acid and green mussel extract.

 

Things you can do at home to make life more confortable for PET

 

Ø Try to keep BET’s home environment warm, dry and free from cold draughts.

 

Ø Minimise stairs, slippery floors and the need to jump if possible. This can be achieved with ramps, laying out non-slip runners and lifting them up into the car/ onto the couch etc.

 

Ø Provide comfortable bedding/ trampoline beds that are off the ground.

 

Ø Regular gentle exercise!!! Try to encourage a gentle warm up and warm down period.

 

Ø Swimming is very effective as low-impact exercise. It helps to improve muscle and bone strength as well as maintaing the ease of motion in joints.

 

Ø Weight loss can be a VERY important point

 

Ø Physiotherapy can help to keep a full range of motion.

 

If you have any queries about arthritis and its treatments or would like more information about products please do not hesitate to ask!!

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Sarcoids

Here are some photos of a horse that had multiple sarcoids (5 in total).

This case was successfully treated, and the horse is sarcoid free

 

 

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