Cat fights- we've all heard them:
Cat fights are not just a problem for us, they are a big problem for the cats involved. As far as armory goes cats are pretty well equipped- sharp claws, sharp teeth capable of penetrating flesh and unreal flexibility make them a mean fighting machine. If you're the weaker cat, you're in trouble!
There are some theoretical beneficial effects to these supplements and they may reduce the need or even enhance the effect of other medications. For example we use synovan injections which are a combination of pentosan and chondroitin. There is good evidence that this combination works better than pentosan alone.
There are a number of DMOADs available for use in dogs. The original product available was Cartrophen injections which contain pentosan polysulfate. Since then several generic version have come on the market and there are now several newer generation drugs such as Zydax Gen II and Synovan which have been enhanced to improve their beneficial effects.
These drugs work by preventing, reducing and in some cases restoring the damage to cartilage caused by osteoarthritis.
DMOADs work by:
Sure your dog is not howling in pain but dogs aren’t like that. They might be wagging their tails looking to you for attention but that doesn’t mean they are not in pain.
Make no mistake about it, If your dog limps or is stiff when they get up they are in pain!
Because dogs walk on 4 limbs not 2 it takes a lot more pain for them to limp than it does for us to limp. By the time they become lame they are at a much advanced level of degeneration than us weak 2-legged animals.
Join us this Saturday the 14th June 2014 at 4pm for a walk out to Kanahooka point and back.
This is purely a social outing and anyone is welcome to attend. Feel free to bring a friend!!
Our last walk was a great success and we all had a really great afternoon. It's a fun but relaxing afternoon hanging out with other people that love dogs too!
Cartilage is a critical part of joints. It is flexible and is able to stretch and deform when load is applied to the joints. If cartilage doesn't get used it thins out. Thin cartilage can't deform as much and so more load is transferred to the bone. If the joint is arthritic this is particularly painful.