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Arthritis in Cats and Dogs
Conventional Treatments, an educational video from HPI.
Corticosteroids and NSAIDS (Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs)
are frequently prescribed to provide pain relief for dog joint pain.
Although the dog may appear to move about more freely, sometimes additional
damage may be occurring to the joints as the drugs work to mask
the joint pain. Also, when used over a long period of time, various
adverse side effects have been documented, including damage to the
liver and gastrointestinal tract, suppression of the immune system,
diabetes, osteoporosis and others diseases.
Before resorting to NSAIDS or corticosteroids, ask your veterinarian
about the many natural treatments for arthritis in dogs that are effective and do not have adverse side effects.
In some cases, pharmaceutical drugs may be the best option, but
they aren't designed to promote healthy cartilage, therefore be sure
to add some nutritional support therapy to your pet's health plan.
Disclaimer: The information provided on this site is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian before using any supplements.