Arthritis – Management of Pets in Pain

Is you pet feeling their age a little?

As a Vet is is our privilege to assist animals in pain and to make their life as comfortable and pain free as possible

Poor Beardy was struggling with some back problems

Poor Sox had a dislocated hip as a pup and now suffers with chronic pain.

There are many forms of treatment now available to assist your pet’s pain and comfort level

we have a large range of options ranging from simple pain relief, food that helps joints heal, medications that reduce and even help heal arthritis.

one of our options being used by Sox and Beardy is Pentosan.

What is Pentosan and how does it work?

Pentosan is a revolutionary advance in the treatment for arthritis in dogs. In fact millions of dogs enjoy the benefits of this superior and tested technology with it continuing to treat millions of dogs after 20 years of use in the treatment of arthritis in dogs.

Pentosan is a prescription only, injectable, sugar of plant origin. It has many sites of action within the underlying processes of the arthritis disease which helps maintain joint health, including preserving joint cartilage.

The treatment

Pentosan is an injection given in a similar way to a vaccine with four weekly doses. This is a convenient way to ensure that your pet receives the appropriate dosage. It is essential that your dog complete all 4 injections to ensure optimal benefit and modification of the disease process.

80% of pets respond quickly to the initial course with a reduction in lameness and pain and a subsequent increase in activity and well-being.

The treatment can vary from once a year for mild cases and up to three times a year for severe cases.

How does Pentosan work?

Pentosan works to modify the underlying arthritic processes to relieve pain and lameness. Improvements from Pentosan result in long-term effects lasting beyond the treatment period of 4 weeks  up to one year in some cases.

Pentosan Vet has been shown to exhibit the following modes of action

  1. Stopping the destructive enzymes that break down cartilage, which is the body’s natural shock absorber
  2. Stimulate the body’s production of cartilage
  3. Stimulate the body’s production of joint lubricant
  4. Clear the blockages in blood vessels to deliver nutrition to the joint and bone
  5. Stimulate the production of anti-oxidants that block damaging free radicals

If you are considering assisting your pet with their joint pain or discomfort why not call us on 0741513550 and make an appointment to see one of our caring Veterinarians.

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