Canine mobility updates!

posted: by: West Friendship Animal Hospital Tags: "Clinic Specials" "News" 

As pets age, they can develop mobility issues and osteoarthritis just like their human companions! Fortunately, there are a number of simple and effective options to help pets get back on the move! 

Nearly everyone has heard that glucosamine supplements provide beneficial cushioning of aging joints, and there are plenty of folks who are using these supplements for themselves with great success. So why can't you just pop one of your glucosamine capsules in your pup's breakfast everyday? Well, there are a couple of reasons that this is not the best choice for your best friend. Over the counter supplements are neither formulated for a dog's specific body chemistry nor regulated by the FDA. So it is very likely that the amount of glucosamine in these capsules is not delivering the dose that your dog needs to maintain their joint health. WFAH recommends using Dasuquin Advanced (only available through veterinary offices). Dasuquin Advanced is formulated such that it is bio-available for dogs, and is guaranteed to contain an effective dosage of the supplements it is formulated with. Just glucosamine or glucosamine and chondroitin are often not enough on their own to support cartilage health. Nutramax has formulated Dasuquin Advanced with a specific and researched formula that delivers a high level of anti-inflammatory benefits and helps to keep those joints cushioned and cartilage healthy. Dasuquin Advanced is also compatible with any medications your pet may be on or any other health issues they may have. Often, our veterinarians recommend getting your dog started on Dasuquin Advanced at a young age to maximize its benefits. Once your dog has developed some arthritis, we can also use this product in conjunction with other anti-inflammatory medications to maximize your dog's mobility and comfort well into their senior years! 

Adequan is an injectable compound that slows down the progression of cartilage and joint breakdown in arthritis. This polysulfated glycosaminoglycan helps to control the chronic pain of arthritis as well. Adequan is best started before severe mobility issues are diagnosed. Starting this weekly, then monthly medication will prolong the life of your dog and cat's joints! This medication can easily be administered via subcutaneous injection by the owner. We promise to work with you until you are comfortable doing it at home! 

Galliprant is the newest advance in treatment of osteoarthritis. This anti-inflammatory uses highly targeted methods to reduce pain and inflammation. Galliprant works only at the joint level and spares any renal, liver or gastrointestinal side effects. This sets it apart from all other NSAIDs. Our senior and chronic orthopedic patients are loving this medication! Ask us if Galliprant is right for your canine companion!