Arthritis can develop at any age due to a number of different causes. Causes include poorly developed joints (hip and elbow dysplasia), traumatic injuries to joints with fractures or damage to ligaments that destabilise it, infections of the joint and old age wear with reduced repair. In some joints repairing the structures of the joint and providing a better joint surface with surgery and implants can improve a pet’s comfort dramatically. Arthritis and degeneration of the joint surfaces (cartilage) is not something that we can reverse, however there are many ways that we can slow the progression of arthritis and ease discomfort for the patient.
Recommendations and treatment options for management of chronic arthritis include:
- Weight management: maintaining a lean body condition will reduce workload on the joints.
- Supplements with natural anti-inflammatory and joint repair capabilities.
- Anti-inflammatory medications that reduce the cycle of damage inflammation causes to the repair of joints.
- Physiotherapy and other techniques to improve muscle strength and flexibility to allow more pain free range of movement in joints with arthritis.
Use of supplements
Some supplements have been shown to give as much relief as anti-inflammatory medications without the side effects. A recently released supplement with very good results is 4Cyte™. It is a daily oral supplement that contains a plant extract, Epitalis® and marine concentrates. The active ingredient Epitalis® has been shown to stimulate joint cartilage repair/replacement and suppress the chemicals responsible for inflammation. Unlike many other joint supplements, 4Cyte™ has undergone clinical studies that are proven to assist those pets suffering from arthritis.
4cyte is available in both granular and liquid form for ease of administration. It is safe for use in dogs as young as 6 months of age. It is also considered a good preventative measure to combat the risk of arthritic development, discomfort associated with orthopaedic ailments such as hip dysplasia and as support those already diagnosed with degenerative arthritis.
Another great option is a prescription diet for arthritis that has high levels of fatty acids and joint nutraceuticals included, which when fed is shown to improve a pet’s mobility and activity levels if suffering from arthritis. At our clinic we prescribe Hills j/d ™ for those wanting an added benefit managing arthritis.
Our veterinarians can tailor a treatment program specific to your pet. Book an appointment for an examination and discussion on what we can do to help your pet this winter.