At Oasis Animal Hospital, we want to provide you with information that is useful regarding the medications we provide. Please click on the letter your prescription begins with to find more information.
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 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, it takes a series of eight injections over a four week period of time to achieve optimal levels. This means that we need a committed client!
Recently, we have begun to dispense this medication to our clients, teaching them to administer the Adequan injections at home. This reduces cost and greatly enhances the convenience. 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.
To be continued…
Convenia® – new convenient antibiotic treatment
What if I were to tell you that there is a medication that can be given by injection and provide a broad range of protection against many bacteria for two weeks? Convenia® (trade name for Cefovecin) has been available in the US veterinary market since 2008. It is an easy to administer medication that is approved for use in both dogs and cats.
There are two big advantages in using this product:
For the first time we have an antibiotic that gives sustained protection for 14 days. Other injectable medications usually have to be given at more frequent intervals.
Second, the spectrum of activity is wide and covers many of the common bacterial pathogens we deal with in treating dogs and cats.
This has been a god-send for cat owners. Many times we have dispensed Clavamox or Amoxi drops only to have our clients call and report that they can’t give it. Here is a link to a funny video demonstrating “How to pill your cat”. If you can relate to this, you will love Convenia.
The cost for large animals can be a deterrent for some clients. But even though it can be costly, many pet owners still opt for its usage because it takes the guess work out of treatment for the pet and assures that the proper dose of medication will be delivered at the right time.
So if your pet has a bacterial infection and we offer the new “14-day antibiotic injection” you will now be better informed of what we are talking about.
Gabapentin was originally introduced as an antiepileptic drug in humans. Later it was discovered to have analgesic (pain relieving) properties. How it achieves this result is not understood. Used alone, Gabapentin is NOT effective in relieving pain. When used in combination with other pain medications, there is a dual benefit of greater pain relief while using lower doses of each drug. This creates safety as well as cost savings.
The most common uses of Gabapentin are in patients with arthritis, cancer pain or neuropathic pain (as in diabetic neuropathy, spinal cord issues, etc.).
In a conversation I had with a Board-certified Veterinary Pain Specialist, I asked how frequently and in what situations she uses Gabapentin in her practice. Her response was, “In my pain referral practice, Gabapentin is in place in every single maladaptive pain patient, this means any patient who has suffered partially, poorly, or non-managed pain for any length of time. That means OA, neurologic, post-orthopedic where the acute pain was not well managed, malignant (cancer) pain, etc.” That is quite a strong endorsement of its use in our patients as well.
Dosing Gabapentin can be a bit tricky. We start pets on a low dose for 10-14 days and gradually increase the medicine to the effective dose. When Rimadyl®, Metacam® or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are not effective, or when the cost or health concerns for your pet mandate that we look for alternatives, Gabapentin can be a great drug to add to the treatment plan.
In an article about Gabapetin on www.wikipedia.org, there is an interesting comment about its use in pets. It states,
“Veterinary Use: Gabapentin is also used for some animal treatments, but formulations (especially liquid forms) for human use may contain the sweetener Xylitol which is toxic to dogs, so care must be taken if the human version is used for veterinary purposes.”
I have never seen nor prescribed Gabapetin in a liquid form, but this caution is worth remembering.
Fluconazole (see article on cost of Fluconazole)