Managing arthritis and inflammation in your dog should be a joint effort between you the pet owner and your veterinarian. Speak with your veterinarian about a prescription brand or generic drugs available for your pet.
In the past, dogs suffering from arthritis and pain did not have many options for pain management and inflammation. A new class of drugs have changed the way pet owners and veterinarians treat arthritis and pain in dogs.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs ( NSAIDs) have become the method of choice for many dog owners. These drugs include Carprofen, firocoxib and meloxicam. They offer a long-acting and effective treatment for canine arthritis. Some NSAIDS are available as brand name drugs such as Rimadyl (Carprofen), one of the most widely prescribed NSAIDs for arthritis.
Both Novox and Rimadyl are NSAID’s, which means they are a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication used to treat pain and inflammation due to arthritis and other joint diseases, including osteoarthritis and hip dysplasia. They can also be used to reduce fever and relieve short-term post-operative pain. These medications both consist of the key ingredient of Carprofen, which is the ingredient responsible for reducing inflammation and relieving pain.
Let’s take a look at their similarities:
Arthritis is inflammation of the joints that is usually accompanied by pain. The most common form of arthritis in dogs is Osteoarthritis (OA), which is the wear and tear of joints. Osteoarthritis develops as a result to an aging pet. Canine arthritis can also be caused by Septic arthritis or bacterial arthritis, which is inflammation of a joint due to a bacterial or fungal infection. Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) can lead to inflammation of the joints and surrounding tissues. Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease, which means the body's immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. Another form of arthritis is called Gout Arthritis, which causes sudden and severe attacks of pain, tenderness, and swelling.
Rimadyl (Caprofen) is a non steroidal anti- inflammatory drug (NSAID) of the propionic acid class that includes ibuprofen, naproxen, and ketoprofen. Rimadyl is often prescribed for the relief of pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis and for the control of postoperative pain associated with soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries in dogs.
Novax is used to treat pain and inflammation from conditions such as arthritis and other joint diseases including hip dysplasia. It is also used to reduce fever.
Glyco-Flex I is an innovative leader in joint supplements for dogs. All Glyco-Flex products contain glucosamine and extract of perna mussel plus Dimethylglycine (DMG), an antioxidant that asists in oxygen utilization and circulation in the joints. Glyco Flex maintains and prevents joint problems, recommended for breeds predisposed to hip dysplasia and joint dysfunction.
Cosequin is a nutritional supplement designed to help dogs maintain healthy joints. The ingredients have been scientifically formulated to support and maintain the health of your dog's joints. Cosequin works together to maintain the structure of the cartilage in your dog's joints while inhibiting the enzymes that break down cartilage.
Dasuquin joint supplements for dogs are a tasty chewable tablet with a proprietary combination of natural glucosamine and ingredients that have been shown to work against cartilage breakdown.