What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is common in dogs. Dogs of any age may become afflicted, although the condition is more prevalent in older pets. Symptoms can be stiffening up and reduced activity, appearing to be due to ‘old age’ and untreatable. The dog may not be lame in any one leg but have pain in all joints, or different joints. X-rays often show up changes. Normal ‘healthy’ cartilage covers the ends of the long bones and, in conjunction with synovial fluid, provides an almost frictionless, wear resistant, weight-bearing surface. In osteoarthritis, the cartilage is eroded away and the synovial fluid which lubricates the joint thins out, resulting in a further loss of mobility. Movement is also restricted by swelling of the joints. All of these factors combine and compound to cause your dog discomfort and pain.
Relief from Arthritis
In mild cases, steps can be taken by you, the pet owner, at home. Your pet should have a warm, comfortable place to sleep. Keep your pet dry as much as possible and out of drafty areas. The conventional treatment for osteoarthritis is with cortisone and non- steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, used in humans as well as animals. These drugs can only reduce the swelling and pain of affected joints and need to be administered continuously. This is both expensive and inconvenient. Sometimes, use of these drugs may encourage overexertion of the affected joint – in turn, accelerating the degenerative process. Chronic use of some of these drugs has been reported to accelerate joint destruction mainly due to the inhibition of cellular repair processes. Long term use can also result in side effects like gastro-intestinal ulcers and kidney problems. CARTROPHEN VET is an injection administered by your veterinarian. It has negligible side effects and works to retard the progression of arthritis in your pet.
CARTROPHEN VET is a revolutionary advance in the treatment for Osteoarthritis and musculoskeletal disease in dogs. ft relieves pain and lameness, and increases the range of pain-free movement by treating the underlying disease processes – not just the symptoms. CARTROPHEN VET has multiple pharmacological actions which affect the immune and tissue cell systems. These effects include:
- Inhibition of enzymes which break down cartilage in addition to stimulating natural inhibitors of these destructive enzymes.
- Stimulation of the production of lubricant and cartilage molecules by the joint cells.
- Improvement of the circulation of blood to the arthritic tissues, thus improving nutrition to the joint tissues.
- All this adds up to help repair and rejuvenate the damaged cartilage.
- Normalisation of the immune response by regulating the messenger molecules which control these processes.
- Stimulation of the production of proteins which block damaging free radicals and antigens.
What changes will be seen?
The improvement in your dog should last for more than three months and in less severe conditions, it could last for years. However, the treatment will likely need to be repeated. Your veterinarian will advise you as to when this needs to be done. You may, in some cases, notice that your dog is a little quiet in the 24-48 hours after the first injection. This is a temporary affect, thought to be due to the improved joint micro-circulation. After this period, an improvement should be seen which should be more noticeable after each injection.
CARTROPHEN VET improves the symptoms by affecting the underlying disease processes of osteoarthritis. Treatment is similar to vaccinations, with a course of once weekly injections (under skin) for four weeks. This is followed by booster applications at intervals 4-6 months, although this will vary between individual cases. Sometimes a single injection is given between courses. Most pets are very quick to respond to the initial course with an increase in activity and general well-being. 80% of dogs treated respond to the therapy. Although it may be disappointing if you do not see immediate relief after the first injection, in order for your dog to obtain full benefit from the treatment, it is very important to complete the course that has been recommended by your veterinarian. In severe cases of arthritis the clinical effect may not be obvious. However, CARTROPHEN will still help extend the life of the joint and hopefully delay further that day when pain control is no longer possible.
David or any of our staff will be happy to discuss how this treatment would be of benefit to your pet. Call us on 044 93 49686