Arthritis is a painful condition for pups. Essentially, it is the inflammation of the joints, causing them to be sore and stiff.
In a previous entry, we discussed the causes and symptoms of arthritis, so if you haven’t seen that one, go check it out! But let’s say you’ve already confirmed that your pup has this condition. What do you do? Fear not, as there are many treatment options that you can choose from.
Treatments to Restore Joint Cartilage
While arthritis doesn’t have a fixed cure, there are treatments available to help make joints healthier. Here are some of them:
1. Supplements. Glucosamine and chondroitin are the most popular of these, and they are believed to slow the deterioration of joint cartilage as well as protect them. Trying them out won’t hurt, but very few studies have confirmed positive effects.
2. Injections. A veterinarian can give your fur ball a course of injections that contain polysulphated dlycosaminoglycans such as pentosane polysulphate. But forget the technical jargon! All you need to know is that they help with the production of new joint cartilage.
3. Natural methods. Give your pup a massage every now and then, send him for physiotherapy, or take him out for some light exercise. This will help reduce stiffness and improve overall health!
Treatments to Ease Pain
Treatments to improve health take time. While waiting for obvious progress, you may need to find ways to alleviate the pain your pup faces. Here’s how:
1. Medication. A veterinarian usually prescribes a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication to relieve the soreness in a pup’s joints. They work quickly and effectively, so these are your best bet – but never give your pup a drug that hasn’t been given the green light by your vet!
2. Diet. It is likely that a veterinarian will recommend a special prescription diet for your pup based on their condition. Make sure to follow it closely to see results.
3. Omega 3 fatty acids. These are believed to have anti-inflammatory and may ease your fur ball’s pain. You can find them in fish oil.
4. Other treatments. Acupuncture is pretty popular when it comes to helping to ease the pain in joints, even for pups!
There you have it – a few treatments and ways to help a pup with arthritis. Don’t forget that you can also help your pup by making the environment he lives in more accessible to him – putting a ramp in place of stairs and removing the need to jump onto other surfaces would be great but as always, consult with your vet if you think your dog is suffering from pain. They will make the best recommendation for your dog and their unique symptoms. If you found this helpful, don’t forget to like and share!
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