Dog arthritis is a condition of inflammation in the joints.
Arthritis symptoms include joint pain and stiffness, which worsen with age.
In fact, almost all dogs suffer from arthritis as they age.
Options for Dog Arthritis
Luckily, caretakers have several dog arthritis treatment options.
In addition, the options listed are non-pharmaceutical and do not cause side effects!
Adequan is an injectable prescription medication known as a “polysulfated glycosaminoglycan.”
Injectable glucosamine is another, similar medication, used just like adequan.
Both Adequan lubricates joints and rebuilds cartilage in the damaged joint, all with no side effects.
Laser Therapy, Adequan and Legend Injection Combination
Sometimes we use a combination of several therapies to relieve pain and speed healing.
One such combination is laser therapy, Adequan injections, and Legend injections.
The combination has no side effects.
Laser therapy increases the blood flow to the injured area.
Increased blood flow promotes increased circulation to the injured area, reducing inflammation and pain.
As a result, laser therapy repairs cellular damage to cells, stimulates healing, and stimulates creation of new collagen.
Acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) treatment method.
According to Eastern theory, the flow of “Qi” (energy) governs the body’s health.
Qi flows through the body via meridians.
Disruption or imbalance of “Qi” causes illness.
Acupuncture needles, inserted at certain points, restore the flow of Qi.
As a result, restoration of Qi flow restores health and relieves pain.
Electro-acupuncture works much like traditional acupuncture.
The acupuncturist inserts needles at specific points along the body.
Then, the practitioner attaches the needles to a device generating continuous electric pulses.
During electro-acupuncture, the practitioner adjusts the frequency and intensity of the impulse depending on the condition.
In most cases, an electro-acupuncture session usually lasts 20-30 minutes.
Prolotherapy is an alternative medicine treatment sometimes called proliferation therapy or regenerative injection therapy.
During prolotherapy, the doctor injects an irritant solution into a tendons and/or ligaments.
The irritant solution stimulates healing in the injected areas.
Consequently, the dog experiences pain relief and a faster healing time.
Hyaluronic Acid Arthritis Treatments
Another name for Hyaluronic Acid Arthritis Treatments is Legend IV Treatments.
Injectable hyaluronic acid regulates cells in the inflamed joint.
The injections heal the the joint lining and increases the joint fluid viscosity.
Accordingly, increased joint fluid lubricates and cushions the joint and helps protect the joint lining.
Herbal therapy is a gentle treatment causing little or no side effects.
In addition, herbal therapy builds strength, eases arthritis pain, and reduces inflammation in dogs with arthritis.
White Pine Bark and Pycnogenol
White pine bark and Pycnogenol both affect the body in the same way.
Both white pine bark and Pycnogenol contain procyanidins.
Procyanidins are powerful antioxidants inhibiting pro-inflammatory enzymes.
Consequently, dogs suffering from arthritis experience reduced pain and inflammation.
No-slip booties help dogs walk better on hardwood and other slick flooring surfaces.
The best no-slip booties for arthritic dogs are:
- Indoor Socks
- REI Dog Boots
- Protex Paws (available at PetSmart)
- Ruff Wear
- Ace Ortho Solutions Footies
Harnesses for Dogs with Rear-End Weakness
Some dogs with arthritis experience hindquarter weakness and have trouble walking.
A support harness has handles, making it easy for the dog’s caretaker to lift and support the hind legs.
Using the harness, the dog walks on the front legs while the caretaker supports the rear legs.
An excellent harness for dogs with hind leg weakness is the GingerLead.
Does your dog have arthritis?
Are you looking for options?