A dog’s arthritis can be crippling due to massive inflammation and bone growth in the joints.
Common dog arthritis symptoms include:
- Joint pain
- Decreased range of motion
- Difficulty getting up
Most concerning: all these symptoms worsen with age and almost all dogs suffer from arthritis as they age.
The good news? There are many treatment options that exist for dog arthritis and here are to name a few:
Adequan is an injectable prescription medication known as a “polysulfated glycosaminoglycan.”
Injectable glucosamine is another similar medication, used just like Adequan.
Both Adequan and glucosamine lubricate joints and rebuild cartilage in the damaged joint. There are no side effects.
Laser therapy increases blood flow to injured areas.
Increased blood flow promotes increased circulation and a reduction of inflammation and pain.
As a result, laser therapy aids repair of damaged cells, stimulating healing and creating new collagen.
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.
Again, this combination has no side effects.
Acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) treatment method.
According to Eastern theory, the flow of “Qi” (energy) governs the body’s health.
As Qi flows freely through the body via meridians, complete health exists.
When Qi fails to flow, illness, or in this example arthritis, becomes apparent.
Acupuncture needles inserted at certain points restore the flow of Qi.
As a result, the 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 to 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 tendons and/or ligaments.
The irritant solution stimulates healing in the injected areas.
Consequently, your 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 joint lining and increase the joint fluid viscosity.
Accordingly, increased joint fluid lubricates and cushions the joint and helps protect the joint.
Herbal therapy is a gentle treatment with little or no risk of side effects.
In addition, herbal therapy builds strength while easing arthritis pain, and reducing joint inflammation.
White Pine Bark and Pycnogenol
White pine bark and Pycnogenol contain procyanidins (powerful antioxidants inhibiting pro-inflammatory enzymes) and both affect the body in the same way.
Consequently, dogs suffering from arthritis experience reduced pain and inflammation.
No-slip booties help dogs walk better on the 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 & Chewy.com)
- Ruff Wear
- Ace Ortho Solutions Footies
Harnesses for Dogs with Rear-End Weakness
Some dogs with arthritis experience hindquarter weakness and trouble walking. If this sounds like your dog, get a support harness.
A support harness has handles, making it easy for the dog’s caretaker to lift and support the hind legs.
When using the harness, dogs walk 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?
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