Pet medication can help maintain joint health

Thursday, 15th December 2011

Pet medication can help to maintain the joint health of arthritic animals, a vet has said.

Vet Joe Inglis, writing for the Metro, said that prescription pet medication are generally the most effective way of reducing pain in arthritic dogs, but said natural supplements can also help.

He was responding to a reader whose dog had recently been diagnosed with arthritis. The vet said that prescription anti-inflammatory drugs can have long-term health risks, including kidney and stomach problems.

Dr Inglis wrote: "I would recommend trying a joint supplement containing glucosamine and chondrotin, as these natural compounds can be very effective in maintaining the long term health of joints."

He added that collagen, MSM and tumeric are also natural supplements that can help with the problem.

According to the Arthritis Foundation, symptoms of arthritis in dogs include favouring a limb, difficulty sitting or standing, sleeping more and hesitancy to jump, run or climb stairs.