Fullarton Vet Clinic
210 Glen Osmond Road
FULLARTON SA 5063
t : 08-8379 9647
Cross Road Vet Clinic
181 Cross Road
WESTBOURNE PARK 5042
t : 08-8373 1699
Arthritis is a disease condition affecting the joints. The cartilage lining the joint is worn down, causing pain.
The symptoms of arthritis can be:
Generally arthritis is worse at the start of the day and improves as the day progresses - the joint warms up and hence loosens up.
Anti-inflammatory Treatments like PBZ, Rafen, Prednisolone and newer medications like Rimadyl or the newest drug available Previcox act by providing pain relief. However, they have little effect on cartilage degradation - the cause of arthritic pain.
This acts to protect the joint cartilage by:
By virtue of the other actions, provides pain relief.
We recommend Cartrophen as the main treatment for arthritis. It is effective in 80% of dogs with arthritis. A course over a month of weekly injections is all that is required. The injections are painless and just given under the skin like a vaccination. This ensures the effect lasts generally 6-12 months. The ideal time to commence treatment is before winter when arthritis is at it's worst.
Note: CARTROPHEN IS A PROUD DISCOVERY OF THE AUSTRALIAN VETERINARY PROFESSION** IT IS NOW BEING TRIALLED ON HOMO SAPIENS.