Your pet has been diagnosed with osteoarthritis. What to do? There is a multitude of medical and/or surgical options available. At Jacobs Well Vet Surgery, we will discuss with you those which best suit you, your friend and your budget.
Osteoarthritis is a chronic, debilitating disease, which can affect one or more joints. Over the years we have found the following helpful:
- Weight control/loss is the cornerstone of osteoarthritis management. We recommend monthly weighing. Premium diet food is available and we can formulate programs to suit your lifestyle/budget
- Exercise is restricted/limited during the first month. After that, we recommend a moderate exercise regime. Please do not overtire your friend playing/walking
- Non steroidal anti-inflammatories (e.g. Prolet, metacam) to provide immediate, short-term pain relief
- Cartrophen injections are given as an initial course every 5-7 days for four injections. For convenience, we find prepaid Cartrophen injections work best. Cartrophen acts by increasing the thickness of the joint fluid and repairing damaged joint cartilage. These are direct effects and take 3-4 weeks to work.
- Follow up Cartrophen injections as needed (monthly, trimonthly, never) as we review response to therapy
- For continuous after care – Neutricuticols e.g. Fish oil, Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Osteocare Chews or 4-Cyte