Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Arthritis in Dogs

It is not just humans that suffer from arthritis and painful joints, dogs can too. The problem is they can’t tell you outright if they are suffering so it is important to know the basics about how to spot it initially and how to treat it in order to reduce discomfort for your beloved pet.

There are several symptoms to watch out for and your dog could have arthritis if they are showing any of these signs:
• Difficulty sitting or standing
• Seeming to have stiff or sore joints
• Favouring a limb
• Sleeping more
• Hesitancy to jump, run or climb stairs
• Decreased activity or less interest in play
• Weight gain
• Being less alert
• Attitude or behaviour changes

It is advisable to immediately consult your pet’s veterinarian if you notice these changes in your dog, whether it is one or five, who may offer one of the following medications.

Rimadyl is used to control pain and inflammation from conditions such as arthritis and is also used after surgery. By controlling the hormones and enzymes that lead to discomfort and used once a day, it is also used osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease).

Alternatively, Carprieve is also available. It is very similar to the others on the market so it really comes down to personal preference when choosing the right product for your dog. Carprieve is administered as either small, white, unflavoured tablets or larger, flavoured and palatable, chewable tablets.

Another brand that is just as good as the rest is Trocoxil. The difference with this is that a gap of 14 days is given between the first and second doses and then further doses are just given once a month with your dog’s daily meal. Chewable tablets means they can be surreptitiously placed into the food and it can provide better pain relief than occurs with daily dosage treatments because of the more consistent anti-inflammatory effect.

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