Product Picks & Pet Health Tricks: Embrace the Benefits of Dasuquin® Advanced for Joint Health!

Hey there, pet parents! Dr. B here, excited to introduce you to this month’s product pick – Dasuquin® Advanced!  Let’s uncover the magic behind this powerhouse supplement and how it can transform your pet’s joint health journey!

Dasuquin® Advanced: A Hero for Joint Health

Regarding supporting your pet’s joints, Dasuquin® Advanced is the ultimate superhero! Crafted for both dogs and cats, this supplement is designed to combat osteoarthritis and keep those joints moving smoothly.

Ingredients That Make a Difference

Are you wondering what sets Dasuquin® Advanced apart from the rest? It’s all about the combination of top-notch ingredients:

  • Glucosamine and Chondroitin: The dynamic duo for promoting cartilage synthesis and reducing inflammation.
  • MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) and Avocado/Soybean Unsaponifiables (ASU): Extra support for joint function and protection.
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Boswellia Serrata, and Magnesium: Nature’s warriors against arthritis and joint discomfort.

Navigating the Dasuquin® Journey

Getting started with Dasuquin® Advanced is a breeze! During loading, your pet receives a higher dose to kickstart those joint-loving benefits. Then, it’s smooth sailing with a maintenance dose for long-term support.

Keep Calm – Side Effects Are Rare!

While side effects are as rare as spotting a shooting star, mild gastrointestinal reactions like vomiting or diarrhea may occur. No sweat – a brief pause and lower dose reintroduction will have your pet back on track!

Dr. B’s Special Insights

  • Botanical Bliss: I’m a big fan of botanical ingredients, and Dasuquin® Advanced nails it with its holistic approach. Boswellia Serrata is one of my favorites for anti-inflammatory support.
  • Eggshell Membrane for Dogs: Dasuquin® Advanced with eggshell membrane for dogs provides a quicker response.   This is great for those more advanced cases.
  • Allergy-Friendly Chewables: The chewable form of Dasuquin® Advanced is made with hydrolyzed protein, making it safe even for pets with food allergies.

So there you have it, folks – Dasuquin® Advanced is the ultimate ally in the fight against joint discomfort. Please get in touch with your Pet Health veterinarian to see if Dasuquin® Advanced would be a great addition to your pet’s osteoarthritis Lifetime Care Plan.

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A Comprehensive Guide to Treating Arthritis in Cats

Arthritis in cats is a complex condition characterized by joint inflammation, leading to pain and stiffness. The causes of arthritis in cats are multifaceted, including body conformation, excess weight, abnormal joint development, injury history, and previous surgeries. Osteoarthritis (OA) worsens over time, causing gradual joint deterioration. Inside their joints, cats have surfaces covered in smooth cartilage lubricated with fluid, enabling frictionless movement. However, arthritis occurs when this surface is damaged, and bone rubs together, causing pain and further cartilage damage. Cats aged ten and above often experience OA in at least one joint, making it a prevalent concern for senior feline friends.

Treatment Options for Arthritis in Cats

While a cure for arthritis remains elusive, its progression can be managed through a comprehensive and multi-modal treatment approach. Supportive therapy plays a crucial role, involving alleviating discomfort, minimizing further degenerative changes, and restoring joint functionality.

Nutrition

Weight management plays a pivotal role in the treatment of arthritis in cats. Excessive weight exacerbates stress on joints and muscles, contributing to pain and inflammation. By implementing a weight loss regimen, pet parents can alleviate strain on arthritic joints, improving mobility and overall comfort for their feline companions. An example prescription diet is Hills J/d specifically designed to support joint health in cats with arthritis. It contains a precise combination of essential fatty acids that reduce pain and inflammation in the joints and support cartilage health. Additionally, this diet helps manage weight, ensuring that cats maintain a healthy body condition, essential for overall joint function and mobility. By providing proper nutrition tailored to the needs of arthritic cats, pet parents can significantly improve their feline companion’s quality of life and comfort levels.

Dr. B Insight – If your cat is overweight, this must be a part of their treatment plan.  Prescription weight-loss diets, automatic feeders, and an exercise plan can make a significant difference.

Chondroprotective Agents

Chondroprotective agents are an integral part of arthritis management in cats, aiming to support cartilage health and mitigate inflammation within the joints. These agents, including glucosamine/chondroitin sulfate and hyaluronic acid, work by potentially slowing cartilage breakdown and promoting cartilage synthesis. Omega-3 fatty acids, particularly those derived from marine sources like DHA and EPA, have also shown promise in reducing inflammation and managing cat arthritis symptoms. Incorporating these supplements into a cat’s daily diet can help maintain joint health and alleviate discomfort associated with osteoarthritis.

Exercise

Encouraging moderate, low-impact exercise in arthritic cats is essential for maintaining joint flexibility and muscle strength. Structured therapeutic exercises and interactive toys can engage cats in physical activity without placing excessive strain on their arthritic joints. Additionally, incorporating environmental enrichments like vertical climbing structures and puzzle feeders can promote mental stimulation and physical activity, contributing to overall well-being.

NSAIDs

NSAIDs are widely used in dogs and people but need to be used very cautiously in cats. A limited number of NSAIDs are licensed for use in cats and are approved for short administration over three days after surgery.

Dr. B Insight – Overall, these medications can have side effects in cats and should be avoided for long-term use.

Solensia

Solensia (frunevetmab) is an innovative treatment designed to alleviate cat osteoarthritis symptoms. As an anti-nerve growth factor (anti-NGF) monoclonal antibody, Solensia targets and inhibits the activity of nerve growth factor, which plays a significant role in pain signaling. Administered monthly as an injection, Solensia provides a novel therapeutic option for managing arthritis-related pain and discomfort in cats. Its targeted mechanism of action makes it a promising treatment for cats experiencing chronic pain due to osteoarthritis.

Dr. B Insight – This has been a game changer for cats, and I see this becoming our primary treatment option (besides weight management) due to the safety factor.

Other Analgesics

Other analgesic options, such as gabapentin, for example, are a medication that can help alleviate neuropathic pain and may be used in conjunction with other treatments to provide comprehensive pain relief. However, it’s essential to note that gabapentin can cause sedation in some cats, so careful monitoring of its effects is necessary.

Rehabilitation

Physical rehabilitation techniques from human medicine, such as therapeutic exercises, joint mobilization, and hydrotherapy, can be adapted for cats to improve mobility and joint function. Your Pet Health veterinarian can refer you to a rehabilitation specialist.

Integrative Care

Alternative therapies such as acupuncture, stem cell therapy, platelet-rich plasma, therapeutic laser, and CBD have shown some benefits, although further research is being done.

Dr. B Insight – At Pet Health, we consider laser therapy and acupuncture a component of our osteoarthritis treatment and have seen many pets benefit from them.

Surgery

Surgical options such as a femoral head osteotomy and arthrodesis of the carpus and tarsus could be beneficial in some instances.

Stay tuned for the rest of the month for more insights into treating cat arthritis, including specific products and expert advice from our veterinarians.  Top of Form

Treating Arthritis in Dogs

A Comprehensive Guide to Treating Arthritis in Dogs

Arthritis, a common ailment among our beloved canines, presents a multifaceted challenge. It involves inflammation of the joints, resulting in pain, discomfort, and reduced mobility. Osteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disease (DJD), worsens over time, leading to progressive deterioration of joint health. While aging is a predominant factor, certain breeds are predisposed, and developmental issues like hip or elbow dysplasia can accelerate its onset. Injuries such as sprains or ligament damage can also pave the way for arthritis later in a dog’s life.

Treatment Options for Arthritis in Dogs

Nutrition

Nutrition plays a crucial role in managing arthritis in dogs, with weight management being a cornerstone of treatment. Excess weight strains joints, exacerbating pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. Therefore, achieving and maintaining an ideal body weight is paramount for improving mobility and reducing discomfort in arthritic dogs. Studies have shown that even a modest weight reduction of 6.1% can significantly improve lameness and overall mobility in arthritic dogs. Therapeutic diets, such as Hill’s Prescription Diet j/d or Metabolic + Mobility, are specially formulated to support joint health and aid in weight loss if necessary.

Dr. B Insight – Weight optimization is often the first thing to start with in most dogs.  Even a modest weight reduction has significantly improved lameness among arthritic dogs.

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Exercise

Exercise is another integral aspect of arthritis management.  While regular physical activity is essential for maintaining joint flexibility and muscle strength, balancing movement and rest is crucial. For dogs experiencing discomfort, structured exercises tailored to their needs can help alleviate stiffness and improve overall mobility. Activities like swimming, gentle walks, and low-impact exercises are ideal for arthritic dogs, as they promote joint lubrication without excessive strain on sensitive areas. Interactive toys and games that encourage movement can also stimulate mental stimulation while engaging muscles and joints. However, monitoring your dog’s response to exercise and adjusting the intensity or duration to prevent overexertion and discomfort is essential.

Dr. B Insight – Finding that balance is essential.   It’s natural to think that we shouldn’t go on walks anymore because our pets become sore, but with rest and treatment, these activities can still be enjoyable and beneficial.

Chondroprotective Agents

Chondroprotective agents significantly manage arthritis by supporting cartilage health and mitigating joint inflammation. Adequan®, glucosamine/chondroitin sulfate, and hyaluronic acid are among the most commonly prescribed supplements, offering unique benefits for joint function and comfort. Adequan®, an injectable polysulfated glycosaminoglycan (PSAG), works to repair damaged cartilage and reduce inflammation, promoting improved joint mobility and comfort over time. Additionally, omega-3 fatty acids derived from marine sources like DHA and EPA exhibit potent anti-inflammatory properties, further supporting joint health and function. Combined, these supplements can be particularly beneficial, as they target different aspects of arthritis pathology to provide comprehensive relief.

NSAIDS

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are widely prescribed for managing arthritis pain in dogs due to their effectiveness. These medications, including Rimadyl® (carprofen), Deranaxx® (deracoxib), Pervicox® (firocoxib), Galliprant® (grapiprant), and Metacam® (meloxicam), work by inhibiting the enzymes responsible for inflammation, thereby reducing pain and discomfort. However, NSAIDs must be used cautiously due to potential side effects, including gastrointestinal issues and kidney or liver damage. Pet Health veterinarians carefully monitor your pet’s laboratory tests before and during NSAID treatment to minimize these risks.

Dr. B Insight – NSAIDs are typically the first line of treatment for arthritis pain in dogs due to their rapid and reliable pain relief, but vigilant monitoring is needed.

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Librela

Librela (bedinvetmab) is a groundbreaking treatment option specifically developed for dogs with osteoarthritis (OA). This innovative therapy is an anti-nerve growth factor (anti-NGF) monoclonal antibody administered monthly via injection. Librela targets and inhibits nerve growth factor, a protein involved in pain signaling pathways. By blocking these pathways, Librela helps alleviate pain and discomfort associated with OA, improving mobility and overall quality of life for affected dogs. One of the key advantages of Librela is its safety profile, particularly in senior pets, making it a suitable option for dogs with underlying health issues or those unable to tolerate traditional pain medications like NSAIDs.

Other Analgesics

Other analgesics like tramadol, gabapentin, and amantadine may complement NSAIDs or serve as alternatives in cases where NSAIDs are contraindicated. These medications provide additional pain relief and may be prescribed based on individual patient needs.

Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation encompasses a range of physical therapy techniques to improve joint function and mobility. Therapeutic exercises, joint mobilization, and hydrotherapy using underwater treadmills are among the modalities employed in rehabilitation programs.

Integrative Care

Integrative Care offers alternative treatment modalities like acupuncture, laser therapy, and CBD, which have shown promising results in managing arthritis symptoms. While further research is needed to understand their efficacy fully, these therapies provide additional options for pet parents seeking holistic approaches to arthritis management.

Dr. B Insight – Laser therapy and acupuncture are great combinations that provide a non-pharmaceutical approach to osteoarthritis management.

Surgery

Surgical options like total hip replacement or arthrodesis may be considered in severe cases where medical treatments are insufficient. These procedures aim to alleviate pain and restore joint function, particularly in dogs with advanced osteoarthritis.

Managing dog arthritis requires a multi-modal approach tailored to each individual’s needs. By combining nutrition, exercise, medication, rehabilitation, and integrative care, pet parents can help alleviate pain and improve the quality of life for their furry companions. Stay tuned for more insights on specific products and expert advice from our Pet Health veterinarians as we explore arthritis treatment options throughout the month.

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Top 5 Signs of Arthritis in Cats

What is arthritis?

This diagram shows the secondary degenerative changes to cartilage with osteoarthritis.

Arthritis, a complex cat issue, entails joint inflammation, causing pain and stiffness. Osteoarthritis (OA), a progressive joint deterioration, describes joint wear and tear. Inside their joints, cats have surfaces covered in a thin layer of smooth cartilage lubricated with fluid, enabling free and frictionless movement. However, arthritis occurs when this smooth surface is damaged, leading to bone rubbing together, causing pain and further damage to the cartilage. Cats aged ten and above often experience OA in at least one joint, making it a prevalent concern for senior feline friends.

What causes arthritis?

The causes of arthritis in cats are multifaceted, including body conformation, excess weight, abnormal joint development, injury history, and previous surgeries. Excess weight and obesity are particularly correlated with OA in felines, making weight management a crucial aspect of arthritis prevention and management. Injuries, fractures, ligament damage, and cartilage erosion contribute to the development of arthritis, emphasizing the importance of understanding and addressing the various factors.

Now, let’s delve into Dr. B’s Top 5 Signs of Arthritis in Cats, each offering valuable insights into identifying and addressing this common issue.

1. Reluctance or Changes in Movement

Cats reluctant to jump up or down from surfaces often signal arthritis. These feline friends might opt for lower surfaces, struggling with heights due to arthritis discomfort.

Dr. B Insight – Cats are unique and very fond of heights.  Any change in this behavior can be trouble getting up and progressing arthritis.

2. Change in Behavior

Changes in behavior are subtle yet crucial indicators of arthritis in cats. Increased irritability, grumpiness, or a tendency to avoid interaction could be signs of discomfort. Cats may spend more time alone and alter their social habits; behaviors often misconstrued as typical aging but warrant attention to rule out underlying arthritis.

3. Grooming

An x-ray of a cat’s elbow showing osteophytes and degenerative changes secondary to osteoarthritis.

Grooming habits in cats are sensitive indicators of arthritis. Changes, increases, or decreases in grooming patterns can signify discomfort. Reduced grooming frequency, a matted coat, or overgrooming specific painful joints are all signs to be aware of in your feline companion.

4. Problems with the Litter Box

Arthritic cats may encounter challenges in using the litter box. Discomfort entering or maneuvering inside the box may lead to urinating or defecating outside the box.

Dr. B Insight – Sudden changes in litter box habits, especially in older cats, must be investigated to rule out arthritis or pain-related issues.

5. Limping

Although less common in cats, limping can indicate severe arthritis. Cats may limp or favor specific legs due to arthritis in particular joints.

Dr. B Insight – Even though limping is a common sign of arthritis in dogs, very few cats present with limping as the initial sign.   A limping cat often indicates advanced disease.

As we explore these signs, stay tuned for upcoming blogs this month that will delve into various aspects of arthritis, from treatment options to recommended products and expert advice from our Pet Health veterinarians. Understanding these signs early is crucial for effective arthritis management.

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Top 5 Signs of Arthritis in Dogs

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a common ailment characterized by joint inflammation, resulting in pain and stiffness for our pets. Osteoarthritis denotes the gradual deterioration of joints, causing discomfort and restricting movement. 🐾

What causes arthritis?

While aging is a typical factor, arthritis can manifest early due to developmental issues such as hip or elbow dysplasia. Certain breeds, including Labradors, Springer Spaniels, German Shepherds, and Rottweilers, are more susceptible. Injuries like sprains or cruciate ruptures are common precursors to arthritis later in life.

Dr. B’s Top 5 Signs of Arthritis in Dogs

This diagram shows the secondary degenerative changes to cartilage with osteoarthritis.

 

1. Limping

Limping is a prevalent sign of arthritis, and depending on the affected joints, you may notice your pet favoring one or more legs. Classic arthritis presentation mirrors human experiences, where initial stiffness or pain may resolve with movement or warming up. The limping often returns after extended periods of rest, indicating joint discomfort.

2. Reluctance to Move or Exercise Intolerance

If your dog is reluctant to engage in activities they previously enjoyed, arthritis may be the culprit. Navigating stairs, once an easy task, can become challenging for dogs with osteoarthritis. Exercise intolerance, showcased by a decline in enthusiasm for walks or play, indicates joint pain.

Dr. B Insight – If your pet’s usual activities become burdensome, arthritis should be considered.

3. Change in Behavior

Arthritis can prompt noticeable changes in behavior. Irritability, often linked to pain, may lead pets to seek quiet areas and avoid interactions. Tiredness becomes apparent as movement discomfort increases, causing your pet to sleep more or be less eager for routine walks or playtime. Recognizing these changes and connecting them to potential arthritis ensures early intervention.

4. Licking or Chewing

Pets with arthritis often focus on painful joints through excessive licking, chewing, or biting. You might observe hair loss and inflamed skin in these areas.

An x-ray of a dog’s hip showing osteophytes and degenerative changes secondary to osteoarthritis.

Dr. B Insight – New behaviors in your pet, like persistent foot licking, should be investigated.  Foot licking can be multifactorial, but one cause is underlying pain, including arthritis.

5. Vocalization

Arthritis can make affected joints sensitive to touch, leading dogs to vocalize when discomfort arises. Sensitivity around hurt areas, reluctance to be touched, and groaning during specific movements indicate joint pain.

Dr. B Insight – Even though many dogs may not overtly whine or vocalize, their lack of vocalization does not equate to a lack of pain. Dogs are adept at tolerating and hiding pain, emphasizing the importance of recognizing subtle signs.

As we explore these signs, stay tuned for upcoming blogs this month that will delve into various aspects of arthritis, from treatment options to recommended products and expert advice from our Pet Health veterinarians. Understanding these signs early is crucial for effective arthritis management.