New Options For Arthritis Treatment in Dogs
Arthritis or osteoarthritis is a common condition affecting many dogs and cats. It is more common in older dogs of medium to large breeds, but can affect any animal of any size. Arthritis often develops slowly, and can affect one or any joints. Often in animals it is secondary to conditions such as hip and elbow dysplasia or cruciate ligament damage, or can simply be due to wear and tear on the joints due to old age.
Signs of arthritis in our pets are many and varied and may include:
- reduced activity
- reluctance to walk or play
- stiffness in the legs (especially in the mornings or after a sleep)
- difficulty getting up
- limping / lameness
- difficulty climbing stairs or jumping into the car
- lagging behind on walks
- licking or chewing at the joints
- yelping in pain when touched
- personality change (possibly aggression) and
- reduced appetite.
Treatment options for Arthritis
Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) have previously formed the basis of pain relief for animals suffering from arthritis. However, a relatively new product called 4CYTE™ has become available for dogs. This product is one of a kind, in that it has been rigorously tested and proven to be as, or more effective than NSAIDs in controlling the symptoms of arthritis.
Most importantly however, is that this product has no known side effects, and is therefore the safest treatment option available for arthritis in your canine friend.
How does 4CYTE™ work and how is it different to other arthritis treatments?
4CYTE™ is a new generation neutriceutical containing a blend of potent marine concentrates such as green lipped mussel, abalone and marine cartilage, and is the ONLY product to contain Epitalis® – a patented plant extract that contains a range of essential fatty acids which stimulates chondrocyte (cell) proliferation.
Epitalis® has also shown to increase chondrocyte viability in the presence of Interleukin-1 (inflammatory marker), which can potentially reduce the rate of cartilage degeneration, meaning you can delay the symptoms of arthritis.
This product has undergone extensive scientific testing and is one of very few arthritis treatments that have proven efficacy in dogs. If you are concerned that your pet is suffering from arthritis, or would like to discuss the use of this product further, talk to one of our vets about an appropriate treatment plan.
If you think your dog could benefit from 4CYTE call our friendly reception team on 5561 2255 for an appointment.