PetMeds® Using Joint Supplements with Pain Pet Medications
|Clients are often asking if there are alternatives to some of the expensive prescription nonsteroidal anti inflammatory drugs such as Rimadyl or Previcox that their veterinarians often prescribe for acute or chronic joint or back pain. While such drugs have truly enhanced the quality of life of most pets in terms of pain relief, client concerns about expense and safety of long term use of such drugs often lead them to explore other alternatives.|
In most cases a multi-prong approach to chronic joint pain is best utilizing both the best of conventional medicine, as well as complimentary medicine and nutritional supplements. Often the chronic use of glucosamine/chondroitin joint supplements to help restore function to inflamed joints allows us to use lower doses of prescription medications in many cases. Supplements such as Super Joint Enhancer or Glyco-Flex often work wonders in my experience. The important points to remember about any joint supplements are that they often take weeks to a few months for maximal benefit.
Other supplements to consider include omega 3 fatty acids such as Super Pure Omega 3, as well as the antioxidant Proanthozone, which can act to decrease inflammation and free radicals involved in arthritis and joint pain. I have also found Yucca Intensive helpful, as well as the product dog gone pain. As with any nutritional supplements, it is always important to consult with a veterinarian first before beginning any such regimen, as sometimes there can be drug/supplement interactions, or your pet may need an exam and/or blood work first, especially if they are already on prescription medicines.
Many times I will often start with nutritional supplements for joint pain and then add the prescription meds later if response is not adequate. There are also other complimentary medicine modalities available such as acupuncture or chiropractic, which can be tremendously helpful along with appropriate medical therapy or sometimes instead of for those clients who prefer a more natural approach. .