Since arthritis is a progressive condition that can’t really be cured, you need to come up with alternative solutions so your canine friend doesn’t suffer from painful joints. Typically, there are two parts to managing arthritis in dogs:
- Relieving the pain
- Recovering the joint to as healthy a state as possible
Here are some of the most important treatment options you need to know if your furry friend is suffering from this painful disease.
Some dogs, however, are not able to take this kind of medication, for those rascals tramadol and fentanyl should do the trick.
NOTE: It is crucial that you consult your vet before you give Fido any drug, as the wrong medication can make him very sick and just make matters worse.
You can also opt for various supplements. Glucosamine and chondroitin are the most common ones that are known to help protect the joint cartilage and hinder its deterioration.
Sodium pentosan polysulphate is a substance that induces the production of cartilage. Many dog owners opt for a course of the injections containing these substances. They are very effective, but also very safe, which is equally important.
- Omega 3 fatty acids (think fish oil)
- A prescription diet like Hills J/D
- Massage and physiotherapy