Osteoarthritis & Cartrophen

What is osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is common in dogs and cats.  Pets of any age may become affected, although the condition is more common in older pets. Symptoms can be lameness, reduced activity, “stiff movements” and behavioral changes. 

Normal, healthy cartilage covers the ends of the bones and with the aid of joint fluid allows smooth, frictionless movement. In osteoarthritis, the cartilage is eroded away and the joint fluid becomes thin, resulting in painful movements.

Relief from Arthritis

Treatment often includes a combination of different approaches. These often include non–steroidal anti-inflammatories, glucosamine/chondrotin supplements, underwater treadmill to help maintain muscle mass and cartrophen injections. We will be focusing on cartrophen in this blog post.

What is Cartrophen?

Cartrophen Vet is a drug of plant origin with multiple actions that work to retard the progression of arthritis by:

  • inhibiting enzymes that break down cartilage
  • stimulating production of joint fluid
  • improving blood circulation to arthritic tissues improving nutrition to the joint tissues
  • stimulating production of proteins thus blocking damaging free radicals and antigens.

What side effects are seen with Cartrophen Vet?

Side effects are rare.  Occasionally a dog may vomit 5-15 minutes after an injection and the dog may be quieter for a day or two. 

How is Cartrophen administered?

Cartrophen is given by injection. It is started with weekly injections for 4 treatments and then usually maintained with monthly injections. Most pets don’t even notice they received a needle.

In Summary

Cartrophen is a very safe and effective aid in the treatment and slowing the progression of osteoarthritis in our pets.

Read more at  http://www.cartrophen.com/

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