Arthritis is one of the most common causes of chronic pain and disability in the US. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which usually affects knees, hips, and hands. Other joints are also commonly affected. The journal Arthritis & Rheumatism reported that about 27 million Americans have osteoarthritis. Arthritis can also affect our dogs, especially senior dogs.
Joint problems are very common in dogs and cats. There can be a wide variety of causes from genetic malformations, traumatic injuries, infectious causes, to degenerative and immune mediated joint diseases. Veterinarians often manage joint problems in pets through a combination of prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) such as Rimadyl, Deramaxx or Previcox, as well as other types of pain medications such as prescription Tramadol. There are many other additional supplements […]
Similar to us humans, as pets age they may need supplements to help them stay active and healthy. When it comes to a pet’s joint health, Super Joint Enhancer is a wonderful glucosamine, chondroitan and MSM supplement that I’ve found to be an excellent economic alternative to more expensive supplements of its type often sold at veterinary offices. Super Joint Enhancer has performed wonderfully for me in helping maintain healthy […]
There is nothing more frustrating for pet owners than to see their older pets have difficulty moving because of stiff arthritic joints or spinal disease. Even younger pets that develop arthritis secondary to ligament tears such as cruciate ligament tears or exposure to tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease, may develop signs of painful movement and lameness. That is when great joint products such as Glyco-Flex by Vetriscience can dramatically alleviate symptoms in […]
Arthritis means inflammation of the joints and such inflammation can have many potential causes from genetic anatomic defects such as hip dysplasia, infectious diseases such as tick-borne Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Ehrlichiosis, to various lupus-like immune caused inflammation of the joints. Any of these potential causes can result in varying degrees of swelling, heat and painful stiff movement of affected joints. What’s interesting to note is that many […]
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 […]