Going beyond NSAIDs for osteoarthritis in your canine veterinary patients
Arthritis, so common in dogs. One of the last things veterinary clients want to see is their pooches in pain. Try these supplemental options to lend a hand.
Is your veterinary clients' curiosity inflamed by the desire for options to treat osteoarthritis in their pets? Do they want more than nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and other pain drugs to help dogs in pain? We have this handout you can, well, hand out to your veterinary clients to explain the benefits. But which ones might you consider recommending? In the handout, David Dycus, DVM, MS, CCRP, DACVS-SA, says there are three key players for dogs to help support and protect joint cartilage:
> Low-molecular weight chondroitin sulfate
> Essential fatty acids
Many veterinary supplement products contain these key ingredients; on this page, you'll find a few. They are often accompanied by additional beneficial ingredients, like avocado and soybean oil, green tea and curcumin (that's the spice in curry!). Who knew pain management could be so tasty?