It’s a degenerative condition that affects one or more joints, with the resulting pain from inflammation progressing over time if left untreated, causing the condition to get worse. It can result in changes to the cartilage, fluid, bones and capsule of the joint.
There are many things that can cause arthritis in dogs such as:
Arthritis (osteoarthritis) is a painful and debilitating condition affecting 1 in 5 dogs, over the age of one1. Arthritis doesn’t discriminate - it affects people and dogs of all ages. If you notice any changes in your dog’s mood and level of activity, it may be due to the pain of arthritis, one of the most common chronic conditions which veterinarians treat.
1Johnston S.A. (1997), Osteoarthritis: Joint anatomy, physiology and pathobiology. Veterinary Clinics of North America – Small Animal Practice 27, 699-723)
While no cure exists for arthritis, there are pain management options available for your dog, which will greatly reduce the impact of the condition and increase their quality of life. Some dogs feel pain while recovering from surgery, or an injury, whilst others experience pain because of a chronic condition like arthritis. Both Rimadyl® (in various presentations) and Trocoxil® Chewable Tablets for Dogs are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, commonly known as ‘NSAIDs’. They have been proven effective in relieving the clinical signs of pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.
You need to consult your vet to find out the best lifestyle changes and pain management options. However, you can help improve your pet’s quality of life at home by using the WET approach:
Exercise builds muscle mass, which increases joint stability and keeps them mobile. It also assists in weight control. The general exercise rules for an arthritic dog include:
Medications are available to help manage the symptoms of arthritis. Some of these medications include those that manage the chronic pain associated with arthritis. Effective pain management helps to:
There are 3 fundamental principles of therapy:
1. Use it in combination with diet and exercise lifestyle changes
2. Use immediately upon your dog’s initial arthritis diagnosis
3. Use pain medication continuously and for the long term
After treatment with Rimadyl or Trocoxil, the transformation in your dog can be remarkable. Day after day, dog owners and veterinarians tell us about the incredible difference that Rimadyl or Trocoxil has made in the quality of dogs’ lives. Some benefits your dog could experience include:
If the chronic pain associated with arthritis is left untreated a condition called central sensitisation of the central nervous system develops, which increases joint inflammation, painful flare ups and cartilage breakdown, and increasing the pain your pet is experiencing. Once this happens, it becomes more difficult and takes longer to treat.
Continuous pain relief will help prevent this from happening, and over time the benefits for the dog improve progressively.
Rimadyl is a 24-hour acting, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Your veterinarian may prescribe Rimadyl (pronounced “Rim-a-dill”) to treat the pain associated with arthritis, or to help control pain after soft tissue and orthopaedic surgeries.
Rimadyl comes in tablets or extremely tasty chewables, which your dog will love. Or, your veterinarian may choose to give Rimadyl as an injection.
Over 16 million dogs worldwide have been treated with Rimadyl over the last two decades, making it a very popular choice.
The Rimadyl Extended Care Card programme ensures your dog receives the full benefit of treatment by providing an additional 14 days worth of treatment upon the purchase of a bottle of Rimadyl Chewable Tablets 60s, or a cumulative purchase of 70 chewables. Ask your vet today about the Rimadyl Extended Care Card.
Ask your vet if Rimadyl is the right option for your dog.*
* RVM; Available only under Veterinary Authorisation
Your veterinarian may prescribe Trocoxil (pronounced “Tro-cox-il”) to treat the pain associated with arthritis. Like Rimadyl, Trocoxil is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) which provides pain relief for this debilitating condition.
Trocoxil is the only monthly treatment and is a major breakthrough in the currently available treatments for arthritis in dogs. Just one tablet each month (after an initial loading dose) provides continuous, lasting pain relief and can help transform your dog’s quality of life. That’s right, you read it correctly, just 1 tablet once a month! If only humans had something like that!
Ask your vet if Trocoxil Chewable Tablets for Dogs are the right option for your dog.*
* RVM; Available only under Veterinary Authorisation
An improvement should be seen within the first few days of treatment; however your dog should continue to improve with extended treatment.
A small percentage of dogs may show some side effects following treatment. These are usually mild and short lived. The most common side effects involve the gastrointestinal tract (i.e. vomiting, diarrhoea and loss of appetite). If you notice any side effects, or changes to your dog’s health please contact your vet.
Yes. Arthritis is painful at all stages, as it is in people. In the early stages of arthritis you may notice subtle changes in your dog’s walk, discomfort with joint movement and occasional limping.
Dogs and humans are very different. Rimadyl and Trocoxil have been developed especially for dogs. There have been many safety studies done which show in the majority of dogs, these treatments ar e safe and hugely beneficial. There is a small risk which can be discussed with your vet or you can contact our technical services team at Zoetis who are here to help you.
Whilst there is some evidence that dietary supplements may support joint cartilage and slow the progression of arthritis, they do not address the pain caused by arthritis. The most important dietary measure in an arthritic dog is the maintenance of a lean body weight.
Yes. Pain can be demonstrated in many different ways, often this is displayed as behavioural changes which may include disobedience, aggression, sleeping more, following you around the house or a change in their normal routine.
Even natural remedies come with certain risk factors. Different species respond differently to a range of treatments and what works for you may not necessarily work as well or be safe for your pets, (for example you should NEVER give paracetamol to your cat). Your vet is the best person to advise you on this.
For osteoarthritis, there are many studies to show that continuous treatment is far superior to intermittent treatment, and your dog will not only be in less pain, but the condition itself will improve and your dog will have a happier more productive life.