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Bone and Joint ...

Pets are active happy creatures, but like us they can develop painful arthritis. Arthritis occurs in 80% of our older pets, and many younger, active pets. Early on, arthritic pain is caused by cartilage damage and isnít detectable with X-rays. Progressive arthritis causes bone damage and is detectible with X-rays.

Your petís body reacts to bone and cartilage damage by sending white blood cells to clean up the debris. Unfortunately, the white blood cells make the problem worse because they release material intended to kill and dissolve invading bacteria. This material further damages the joints. Treat arthritis with medications that protect joints, the chondroprotectives (ďchondroĒ means cartilage) that contain glucosamine and chondroitin. Use a chondroprotective with MSM if your pet is limping and in pain. Use Omega 3 fatty acids to help decrease your petís tendency to develop inflammation. Use prescription medications, such as Rimadyl and Previcox, when your veterinarian thinks they are necessary.

To help your pet with arthritis, limit the time it spends walking on hard pavement, climbing stairs, and jumping. Instead, increase swimming and walking in sand.

  Arthritis/Rimadyl
Rimadyl (carprofen) is used to treat pain and inflammation from conditions such as arthritis and other joint diseases including hip dysplasia. It is also used to reduce fever. It is available as 25mg, 75mg and 100mg scored caplets as well as 25mg, 75mg and 100mg scored chewable tablets. The usual dose is...
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  Pain & Inflammation/Deramaxx
Deramaxx (deracoxib) is used for the control of pain and inflammation associated with orthopedic surgery in dogs. It is available as 25mg and 100mg beef flavored chewable scored tablets. The usual dose is 1.4-1.8mg/pound by mouth ...
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  Supplements/Super Joint Enhancer
DOUBLE STRENGTH!! CHEWABLE!!! MSM TOO!!! 1-800-PetMeds Super Joint Enhancer is a natural daily dietary supplement to ease joint pain and improve joint function. Active ingredients 400 mg chondroitin, 500 mg glucosamine...
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