Keep horse and dog joints healthy. With horses, the daily use, a misstep, incorrect shoeing or conformation can cause joint trauma and disrupt the natural cycle of “wear and repair” within the joint. Stresses on a dog’s joints due to trauma, surgery, or other cause of non-infectious arthritis also can begin a cycle of events in the joint that leads to osteoarthritis.
Non-infectious arthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease (DJD), is estimated to cause one-third of all equine lameness cases.* Early signs of non-infectious degenerative joint disease are subtle, so horses or dogs should be monitored carefully for signs of joint swelling, heat, lameness or hesitation to perform usual tasks. By the time these symptoms appear, joint damage may have already begun. Early recognition and treatment of joints can limit damage and restore the normal “wear and repair” balance before permanent cartilage or bone damage occurs. If abnormal signs appear, call your veterinarian for an examination, a diagnosis and treatment to help restore the natural wear-and repair balance in the joints.
Ask your veterinarian about the complete treatment properties the only disease-modifying osteoarthritis drugs; Adequan® i.m. (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan) for equine and Adequan® canine for dogs. *Kawacak, C, DeBault etal, Effects of intravenous administration of sodium hyaluronate on carpus joints in exercising horses after arthoscopic surgery and osteochondral fragmentation. AJVR, vol 58, No. 10, Oct 1997.
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