Myalldale Pty Ltd ABN 53 051 095 160 ARTHRITIS CARE Arthritis is a chronic condition which can be managed to reduce the rate or progression, pain and inflammation that the disease causes your dog/cat. 1. Medications Initially, anti-inflammatories such as Rimadyl, Carprofen or Metacam may be prescribed to settle the joint inflammation. Strict rest during this time is required. Other painkillers such as Tramadol or Gabapentin may be used. Long term anti-inflammatory therapy may be necessary and your vet will discuss this with you if this is the case. Cartrophen injections: These are a safe and effective nutriceutical which can be very effective in aiding arthritis with minimal side effects. These injections inhibit the enzymes involved in cartilage destruction, stimulate joint fluid production and are anti-inflammatory. These commence with one injection weekly for 4 weeks, then continuing monthly or 3 monthly depending on your pet’s progress. 2. Exercise Modification Dogs with arthritis will benefit from frequent, low intensity exercise. Daily walking is encouraged. Many dogs will experience acute flare ups if they engage in strenuous exercise such as off leash running, very long walks (1-2 hours) or stair climbing etc. 3. Weight Control Weight control is the single most important thing you can do for your pet to help with their arthritis. A combination of dietary control (restricted portions and possibly a weight control diet such as Hill’s Metabolic initially to help lose weight followed by a joint diet such as Hill’s J/D) and gentle exercise will be the best way to achieve this aim. 4. Environment Provide a warm environment and a well-padded bedding area. Additional warmth helps chronically inflamed joints. Well insulated hot water bottles are helpful. This is particularly important in winter. 5. Diet Hills J/D is a diet specifically designed for dogs and cats with arthritis. It is lower in fat, has high omega 3 fatty acid levels, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), glucosamine, chondroitin and antioxidants and has been clinically proven to ease arthritis symptoms and increase mobility. Our priority is your pet’s well being. Myalldale Pty Ltd ABN 53 051 095 160 6. Laser therapy Provides rapid analgesia and on longer term use, reduction of inflammation within the affected joints. It has been shown to improve the quality of life as well as mobility of arthritic patients, especially severely affected ones. Our current protocol is 2 treatments weekly for 2 weeks, then weekly for 2 weeks, then fortnightly or monthly treatments. 7. Nutriceuticals Dietary supplements including PAW Osteosupport, Megaderm and Glucosamine/Chondroitin may be beneficial for some dogs with arthritis by decreasing inflammation and providing the building blocks for cartilage. Fish oil capsules can also be effective at higher doses. 8. Stem Cell therapy Stem cell therapy is a new and effective method of fighting arthritis. Stem cells are harvested from your dog’s own fat and injected directly into joints to stimulate the body’s own repair mechanisms. Please ask one of our staff for more information about this procedure. Our priority is your pet’s well being.