Cartrophen Vet and Your Dog

If your dog has been diagnosed with osteoarthritis and we may recommended a course of Cartrophen Vet. This involves once weekly injections for 4 consecutive weeks.

What is osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a disease of the joints. It involves the gradual breakdown of cartilage covering the surfaces of the bones that form the joint, together with a decreased amount of lubricating synovial fluid within the joint. This is a common condition in many older animals and leads to pain and restriction of movement. It can be caused by a variety of factors such as injury, infection or inherited conformational defects that lead to undue stress on the joint.

Treatment with Cartrophen Vet
In the past treatment has had to rely on the use of drugs which reduce pain and inflammation but which do not alter the course of the disease.
Cartrophen works in a completely different way. It’s active ingredient pentosan polysulphate actually repairs the damaged cartilage, and assists in preventing its further breakdown. It normalises the blood supply to the joints, and also reduces the inflammation which causes the pain. Over 80% of dogs treated with cartrophen vet show a good improvement. In young dogs this is often seen after the second injection, however in some cases the improvement may only be seen after the 4 injections have been completed.

Although you may be disappointed if you do not see immediate relief after the first injection  it is important to complete the 4 week course. If however your dog does not get significant relief from the symptoms of osteoarthritis after this course we can discuss the other options for treating the condition. The improvement seen should last for more than 3 months and in less severe cases can last over a year. In most cases the course of treatment needs to be repeated every 6 to 12 months. The interval between treatments is best judged on a case by case basis and you should contact us to discuss this as soon as signs of arthritis begin to reappear
Other ways to help your pet.

There are a number of other ways to keep a dog with osteoarthritis active and free from pain. He should not to be allowed to get overweight as this increases the stresses and strains on the joints. If your dog is already overweight then we can advise you on feeding an effective weight loss diet. Exercise is good as it keeps the joints mobile helping to prevent stiffness. However make sure that you don’t overdo things, some dogs just don’t know when they have had enough. Also avoid hilly ground when exercising and if possible keep your dog from walking up and down stairs. On a wet day dry off your dog when you get home and make sure he has a warm draught free place to sleep as cold and damp can cause the arthritis to flare up.

A little extra care and Cartrophen Vet can help free your dog from the pain of osteoarthritis and so improve the quality of life.