First of all, everyone at Harborside Animal Clinic wants to send out special wishes of peace and hope for anyone that has been affected by these terrible brush/wildfires throughout Collier County. We hope that everyone is back home safe and sound.
During the month of May, we'd like to focus on osteoarthritis.
Treating a dog with osteoarthritis requires a multi-model approach:
- Manage obesity - a 10% reduction in an overweight dog has the same effect as placing a dog on pain meds.
- Exercise/Physical therapy - "Movement is Life!"
- Pain Management
- typically dogs are started on NSAIDS (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory
drugs). There are many available options to choose from.
When your dog reaches a threshold of pain that goes beyond NSAIDS, other drugs such as Tramadol or Gabapentin can be added.
*****Just DON'T give your dog any over-the-counter meds such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen - these can KILL your dog!!
- Supplements - "Go Beyond the Joint"
Our #1 supplement is a fairly new product (1 year) called Movoflex. Movoflex also has a multi-model approach to improve joint health. The following image describes the 5 ingredients and what they target.
Other options are Dasuquin, Adequan injections, and Free Form (Omega fatty acids).
There are so many ways to alleviate the suffering that occurs from osteoarthritis with some dogs as they age. Please schedule an appointment to discuss the options available for your dog or cat. We know that most of this email was pertaining to helping dogs. We do have some options for cats but they are limited.
During the month of May, we will give a 10% discount on Movoflex, Dasuquin, Adequan, or Free Form!
Remember that osteoarthritis doesn't only affect "old" dogs. Read through the following questions - if you answer yes to any of them, your dog may already be a candidate to start on Movoflex or potentially other modalities of treatment for arthritis.
Give us a call today to schedule an appointment or speak to your doctor about your older furry friend!