Osteoarthritis is a common problem in dogs. Dr. Mychajlonka, also known as Dr. Mych – a veterinarian at Las Vegas’s own Craig Road Animal Hospital, in this third and final post in the series, discusses the various pharmaceutical options, and types of treatments that are available to treat this debilitating disease. Part one of this series on Osteoarthritis can be found here  and part two which discusses nutraceuticals can be found here.

Dr. Mychajlonka

By Kurt Mychajlonka, DVM

5: Why does my vet wants to give my dog multiple injections over an extended period?

Adequin is an Injectable medication that is labeled as a chondroprotectant – meaning that it prevents, delays, or repairs degenerative joint injuries. Research suggests that Adequin also has pronounced pain relieving qualities. Adequin injections are given once or twice a week for six to eight weeks.

6: Can I use Aspirin, or another human NSAID, instead of one made specifically for dogs?

Your veterinarian is concerned about the possible side effects of NSAIDs specifically made for dogs. With Aspirin and other human NSAIDs the side effects can be significant: mucosal damage, toxicity, and blood loss. In addition, Aspirin is chondrodestructive meaning that it can actually damage the material in the joints that most Nutraceuticals are trying to protect.

Laser therapy can help with the treatment of osteoarthritis. Pets wear glasses to protect their eyes during the short treatments.

7. How can a laser help my dog get around?

Laser therapy stimulates the body to heal from within. It reduces pain and inflammation and accelerates the healing process. Your veterinarian will recommend a series of treatments that will only take a few minutes each time.

8. What are these other medications?

Tramadol, Gabapentin, and Amantadine are all medications that can help relieve the pain of Osteoarthritis. They will often be used in conjunction with NSAIDs and other treatments to help with chronic neuropathic pain.