Managing Dog Arthritis Pain and Inflammation
There is no cure for dog arthritis. Nevertheless, there are many ways to prevent the disease to progress to a stage where your dog’s mobility is severely compromised. An effective treatment plan must, therefore, stop further cartilage loss, protect and support chondrocytes (the cells in the cartilage matrix), reduce inflammation, and relieve pain. The effective management of pain and inflammation is the core of any treatment plan and must be prioritized especially if the disease is in its moderate to advanced stage.

Alleviating pain and inflammation caused by dog arthritis can be done by using prescription medicines. Although there are supplements that have analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, their effect is slow and gradual. Prescription dog arthritis medicines provide relief almost immediately after they are administered. Nonetheless, it is important for dog owners to have a detailed discussion with their vet regarding the benefits and drawbacks of using a certain prescription drug. I cannot stress enough how important information is when deciding what drug to use for your dog.

Veterinary-approved Prescription Medicine

Most of these drugs are not approved by the FDA to be used in dogs. However, it has become standard practice for most vets to use them in arthritic dogs.

• NMDA antagonists help reduce pain by “calming down” over efficient neural pain pathways.

• Opioids provide stronger dog arthritis pain relief than other prescription painkillers. They contain substances which bind to the pain receptors found in the brain, spinal cord, and gastrointestinal tract to decrease the brain’s awareness of pain. Some states and countries identify opioids as a controlled substance; therefore, the sale and purchasing of the drug is restricted.

• Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs inhibit the action of pro-inflammatory COX enzymes. They can be fantastic anti-inflammatory drugs. Conversely, these enzymes are a vital component of the protective lining in the stomach and upper intestines, in the production of platelets, and in the maintenance of blood circulation in the kidneys. NSAIDs, thus, can cause gastrointestinal damage, blood thinning, and kidney failure.

• Cortisone is a more potent anti-inflammatory than NSAIDs. It can help to settle “acute on chronic” pain. However, it should rarely be considered as the first option and it should not be used for more than two to three times a year as it can greatly speed up bone degeneration.

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Submitted by Guest Author: Christopher Durin, Veterinarian & Director of Durin Pty Ltd.

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