Let's stop the OUCH now!
There are many treatment options for management of your pet's pain. It can be very confusing to know which treatment modality is best for your pet. We often have the greatest success in slowing the progression of osteoarthritis and treating pain using a multi-modal approach. This is much different than 20 years ago when our options were very limited. Consultation with our doctors and technicians about your pet's specific needs can lead to a treatment plan to optimize care. Our goals are to provide maximum quality of life with minimal side effects. A few of the common options available include:
Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) (Rimadyl, Metacam, Deramaxx, Novox, etc):
These drugs are very effective in decreasing swelling at the site of pain (joint or other tissue). By decreasing swelling we can dramatically decrease pain. Side effects are very rare but can be severe, including internal organ damage. For this reason we require frequent monitoring of blood work. These drugs are much safer for your pet than aspirin, Tylenol or other human pain relievers.
These supplements (Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Omega Fatty Acids, and ASU) come in many different forms and concentrations. Joint health supplements may be able to help decrease the process of cartilage breakdown in joints as arthritis progresses. We have seen positive results with early and continued use of quality joint support supplements. Nutraceuticals are not all regulated by the FDA, therefore a product's claims and ingredients may be false, so it is very important to talk with your veterinarian about a pure, high quality and safe joint health supplement for your pet. Trusted products are available at your veterinary clinic.
Other Pain Medication (Tramadol, Amantadine, Gabapentin, etc.):
Our doctors can prescribe additional pain relief for severe pain, in conjunction with other therapies. Similar to all medications, side effects can be significant, and dosage needs to be carefully monitored by a veterinarian.