Many clients understand that glucosamine is beneficial for treating arthritis. In fact, one of the most common questions asked is if glucosamine and chondroitin can benefit their dogs and cats. There are benefits from taking these supplements. There are 10 mechanisms (see link to Adequan chart below) for treating and preventing degenerative joint disease. Oral supplements are beneficial at 2 of these 10 levels.
Adequan Canine® injections are beneficial at all 10 levels of joint health. This Adequan pdf chart shows how Adequan is similar and different than other medications used in the treatment of arthritis. Adequan stimulates the cartilage repair process. It is safe and well tolerated in most dogs. There are many well documented studies that show both the safety and effectiveness of this product. Unlike oral supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin, adequan is FDA approved. It is a prescription and can only be dispensed by a licensed veterinarian. Finally, it gets to the joint quickly unlike oral medication which have limited absorption from the stomach and intestines.
When Adequan is used in the treatment of a pet with arthritis, a series of eight injections are administered over a four week period of time. This means that we need a committed client!
Recently, we have begun to dispense this medication to our clients, having them to administer the Adequan injections at home. This greatly reduces cost and makes the treatment much more convenient. The results with our patients have been very impressive. Many have seen greater mobility. Some patients have been able to get along with lower doses of Rimadyl or Metacam. A few patients have even been taken off these drugs completely.
If you are interested in learning more about this effective treatment for your dog or cat, please contact us for further information.