Many joint diseases can be managed without surgical intervention. Treatment often involves careful restriction of exercise, and the use of anti-inflammatory and analgesic drugs.
We carry a large range of different anti-arthritic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic drugs.
The main class of drugs use in treatment of joint pain in humans and animals is the Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs group, often know as “NSAIDS”. Examples in human use include aspirin and ibuprofen.
The most commonly used NSAIDS in veterinary practice are:
Less commonly used include:
(Much less commonly used, but never-the- less very important) Other drugs include
Gabapentin acts directly on the nervous system reducing the ability of nerves to transmit pain. Gabapentin can be very important in treating chronic pain and pain of neurogenic origin.
Just as in human arthritis, a large number of “joint supplements” are available. The most commonly used of these contain Chondroitin and Glucosamine, and increasingly also Omega3 fatty acids. These molecules form some of the basic building blocks of cartilage and joint fluid. The theory is that providing the body with more than enough basic building blocks will ensure cartilage and joint fluid will always be maintained as good condition as possible.
Green lipped mussel extract has also been reported as beneficial in joint mobility and is available as a supplement or even already added to food
In a similar manner to the use of anti-arthritic drugs in humans, some drugs work particularly well in one individual and not in another. Sometimes it is necessary to try different drugs or combinations of drugs and supplements to get the best results.