Posted on 03-09-2016
Could Adequan help your pet?
About 20% of all adult dogs in the US suffer from arthritis. While there are many treatment options available, the best treatment is to approach the problem from all sides. Adequan is the only FDA approved disease modifying drug for osteoarthritis in dogs. Adequan works to help treat the underlying causes of canine arthritis, rather than just the symptoms by supporting tissue repair and diminishing joint and fluid damage. Combining this treatment with pain and anti-inflammatory medications can help treat the disease in a more complete fashion.
Adequan is an intramuscular injection that reaches the joint within two hours. The intramuscular injection allows delivery of high levels of glycosaminoglycans to the joints by avoiding the digestive enzymes of the gastrointestinal tract. The low molecular weight allows the product to move from the bloodstream through the synovial membrane and into the synovial fluid, where it helps keep joints lubricated, making movement easier and increasing comfort by indirectly reducing inflammation.
Adequan is given in our office by injection twice weekly for eight injections, followed by a monthly injection thereafter. Adequan is safe, generally well tolerated, and is unlikely to produce gastrointestinal upsets. Many of our patients have had excellent responses to Adequan, and we view Adequan as a weapon in our fight against canine osteoarthritis. If you believe your dog is suffering from osteoarthritis, ask us whether Adequan may be right for your pet.
Other options include glucosamine and chondrotin supplements such as Joint MAX and RēMATRIX.
We offer a combined Adequan and Klaser (cold laser therapy) treatment package.
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