Arthritis Care

Arthritis Care

The First Steps Towards Increased Mobility

Weight Control

A professor of mine in school would frequently remind us that there were three ways to control arthritis in animals...Weight Control, Weight Control, Weight Control. If your pet is overweight, you should consider Hill's Prescription r/d diet.

Controlled Exercise

This means frequent leash walking. Try to avoid ball chasing and frequent off leash running.

Diet

Hill's® Prescription Diet® j/d™ Canine is an innovative dog food that helps maintain healthy joints and improves mobility in dogs. Its unique formula contains high levels of EPA (Eicosapentanoic Acid), an omega-3 fatty acid found in high concentrations in fish oil. Research has shown that EPA can help maintain joint function. Enhanced levels of glucosamine and chondroitin provide the building blocks of healthy cartilage, and L-carnitine, which helps maintain optimum body weight. j/d™ Canine improves the quality of life by helping dogs run better, play better, and rise more easily.

Neutraceuticals

They are nutritional supplements that have medicinal properties. Most arthritis patients can benefit from their use and they are considered a basic starting level for joint care.

When The Pain is Still Present

Non Steroidals

Medications such as Metacam, Etogesic, Rimadyl, Previcox , Zubrin, and Deramaxx are excellent sources for long term management of arthritis. Your doctor may wish to monitor your animal with blood work in order to monitor there safety.

Adequan

Adequan® Canine (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan) is a prescription, water-based, intramuscular, polysulfated glycosaminoglycan (PSGAG) that helps prevent the cartilage in your dog’s joint from wearing away. It helps keep the cartilage healthy and intact, so that the bone in the joint cannot touch other bones.

Stem Cell Regenerative Therapy

Stem Cells are your own animal's natural healing cells from fat tissue and are capable of differentiating into a variety of tissue types including tendon, ligament, bone, cartilage, and muscle and have been proven to reduce pain and inflammation. At 90 days after treatment greater than 33% of dogs discontinued the use of NSAIDs completely and greater than 28% of dogs decreased their dependency on NSAIDs. Read More...

IRAP

Treatment with Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist Protein (IRAP) utilizes progressive gene therapy to combat osteoarthritis in your dog. Interleukin-1 (IL-1) is a type of cytokine and is secreted by many types of cells. A cytokine is a chemical secreted by the cells of the immune system to attack infections and apoptotic (damaged or dying) cells. IL-1 is an important part of the inflammatory response but in the case of your dog's joints, sometimes can be detrimental. The joint fluid carries a protein called interleukin-1, which plays an important role in inflammation and accelerates the deterioration of tissues like joint cartilage. Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist Protein (IRAP) blocks IL-1 from binding to tissues and inhibits the damaging consequences of IL-1.

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