While prescription medication may be central to the treatment plans I suggest, I do not believe the NSAIDs are always ideal
(PRWEB) April 28, 2011
It is a sad fact that many dog owners don’t realize that their pet is suffering the pain of arthritis - because until it becomes advanced, dogs will often hide, or compensate for it. Before following drug-related treatments for dog arthritis though, a must-read is a new free ebook ‘The Risks of Prescription Medicines In Dog Arthritis’ by veterinarian, Christopher Durin.
In it, he challenges the over-use of anti-inflammatory drugs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs) to treat dog arthritis, and explains, in simple to understand terms, the complications that can occur as a result of their use.
“Prescription drugs fall into two categories: pain killers and anti-inflammatory drugs, mainly the non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs. While prescription medication may be central to the treatment plans I suggest, I do not believe the NSAIDs are always ideal” explains Durin.
Mr Durin believes that it is important for dog-owners to be aware of the potential pitfalls associated with NSAIDs, so that they are able, in consultation with their veterinarian, to consider alternative, sometimes natural, therapies.
In ‘The Risks of Prescription Medicines In Dog Arthritis’ the link between the increased use of NSAIDS and the increase in reported cases of organ damage and toxicity is revealed. Because dog arthritis, very much like human arthritis, is a lifelong illness with no known cure, long periods of treatment expose dogs to serious risks that veterinarians and pet owners must weigh up before adopting a particular treatment plan.
Side Effects of Dog Arthritis Drugs
‘The Risks of Prescription Medicines In Dog Arthritis’ does not deny the efficacy of drug medication for dog arthritis. However, it clearly lists the different types of drugs, including:
- Pain Killers: opiods, NMDA antagonists
- Glycosaminoglycans: Adequan, Cartrophen
- Anti-Inflammatory Drugs: Non-Steroid Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), Steroid Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (Cortisone)
and details their documented their side effects.
Side effects can range from heart, brain, stomach and breathing problems through to flatulence, agitation and sedation.
Alternative Therapies For Dog Arthritis
The report reveals that health professionals and pet owners who are aware of the numerous side effects of NSAIDs, in particular, are now moving away from their use and testing other forms of medication, supplements and therapies to replace these drugs.
Durin believes that early treatment of dog arthritis is essential, and proposes a ‘No NSAIDs’ solution. “A multi-modal approach that uses small doses of several medicines and supplements that have few or no side effects makes this possible.” he explains.
The non medical components of this No NSAID treatment may include weight control, physical therapy, acupuncture, and surgery where necessary.
Free Report Download
‘The Risks of Prescription Medicines In Dog Arthritis’ is an important, information-rich report prepared by a canine health expert with dog-owners in mind. It is available for immediate free download at dogarthritisplan.com