Thursday 7 March 2013

Arthritis Pain Pet Medications

Arthritis Pain Pet Medications

Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
Analgesic medications that relieve arthritis pain, such as Rimadyl, Deramaxx, and Novox are NSAIDs, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. NSAIDs revive the spirits of pets by resolving their pain. They work quickly to decrease prostaglandins that cause pain, and this allows pets to move easily and to exercise. When pets are able to exercise, their hearts, lungs, and digestive systems continue to function normally. When arthritic pets are able to exercise, it helps to maintain their muscle strength. This process helps hold their joints in correct alignment, which reduces the amount of pain. 

As with most things in nature, any medicine that can cause so much good has the potential to cause harm. To prevent harm, most NSAIDs require a veterinarian's prescription. The veterinarian will request blood tests to confirm the NSAIDs have not damaged the stomach, liver, or kidneys. Some veterinarians recommend using Omega 3 fatty acids, such as those found in Super Pure Omega 3 and Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Pet to protect the kidney, and using Denosyl to protect the liver. In addition, many veterinarians recommend using supplements that protect cartilage (chondroprotectives), such as Glyco-Flex, and 1-800-PetMeds Super Joint Enhancer when using NSAIDs. DO NOT GIVE NSAIDS TO CATS. 

Corticosteroids are naturally produced in small amounts in all warm-blooded creatures, including people and pets. Pharmaceutical corticosteroids mimic natural steroids, but are in a much higher concentration. They are best used for emergency rather than chronic treatment of painful conditions, including arthritis. Because corticosteroids have serious side effects, they require a prescription, and your veterinarian may request periodic blood tests to confirm that the liver remains healthy. Some veterinarians will recommend supplementing with Denosyl to protect the liver. Some of the top-selling prescription corticosteroids are Prednisone, Prednisolone and Triamcinolone.

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