For the past 30 days Cody has been on the injectable medication, Adequan® Canine, to calm his severe arthritis pain and stiffness. Like a lot of large breed 13 year-old dogs, Cody has Osteoarthritis in his elbows, hips and rear legs. He has a terrible time getting up off the floor and he moans when he lies down. His body is stiff and unsteady when he walks and he’s in constant pain. I’ve had other big dogs who suffered from arthritis as they grew older, but Cody’s joints are much worse than any of the others.
I actually thought we were going to lose him a few weeks ago when he lost his balance on a walk and collapsed into some bushes on our neighbor’s front yard. That’s how weak his legs have become over the past six months. Luckily I was able to boost him up from the ground and we slowly walked home.
After that scare I took Cody back to our veterinarian to get checked out. That’s when we had our first conversation about Adequan® Canine.
Cody’s love for walks
One of Cody’s greatest joys is his daily walk. You see, Cody spent the first 2 years of his life in a pen that was as big as the average kitchen table. He lived with an animal hoarder who thought he was protecting Cody from the more aggressive dogs on the property so he handmade a dog pen to keep him safe.
Once Cody joined my family he discovered the fun of a going for a walk and quickly learned that a leash meant an hour of freedom, new smells and leaving his mark on every corner possible. He still gets excited when you show him a leash, but today his body has a hard time keeping up with his enthusiasm.
The medications we tried
I try to stay as natural as possible when it comes to giving Cody medications. It’s partly because I worry how a medication will affect his Inflammatory Bowel Disease and partly because I prefer using natural ingredients. So when Cody first showed signs of arthritis several years ago, we tried a lot of the non-prescription nutrient based supplements like Glucosamine, MSM and Chondroitin formulas, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Flaxseed, Hyaluronic Acid and Tumeric. They made him feel better for a while, but didn’t stop the progression of his arthritis.
We also tried several of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory prescription drugs (NSAID’s) used to treat arthritis in dogs like Rimadyl and Metacam. These medications helped his arthritis, but they were terrible for Cody’s IBD. His diarrhea and weight loss came back so we had to stop.
For the past couple of months we’ve added Tumeric to his meals and used gentle walking and massage to keep his joints flexible.
What I like about Adequan® Canine
I was hesitant at first to use an injectable drug, but here is what I like about Adequan. It is made from polysulfated glycosaminoglycan (PSGAG) which is similar to the natural fluid that lubricates a dog’s joints. Adequan also helps the body form and rebuild cartilage. When cartilage is worn away because of wear and tear on a joint, the ends of the bones become very painful. Adequan actually prevents cartilage from breaking down and therefore decreases inflammation, pain and joint damage.
Adequan was originally developed for horses because they are prone to arthritis in their knees. One study found that 88% of horses with induced inflammation in the knees were significantly less lame after being on Adequan for 4 weeks.
Veterinarians like Adequan because it has relatively few side effects.
Cody hasn’t shown any side effects from the drug and he doesn’t even notice that I am giving him a shot. Normally Adequan is administered in a veterinarian’s office, but because Cody’s arthritis is so severe that it takes two of us to lift him in and out of the car, my veterinarian allowed me to give the intramuscular injections at home. We give Cody a shot every 3 days over a 4 week period. Dogs can continue using Adequan for about 6 months.
Some people see an improvement in their dog after 2-3 injections. It’s taken a little longer for me to see a difference in Cody’s ability to walk and maneuver his body. We are nearly done with this round of the medication and I am just now noticing signs that he is feeling better. He is less stiff and can keep up with Bailey on our walks.
Here are two videos so you can see the difference for yourself.
Arthritis (Osteoarthritis) is a degenerative joint disease. It is the number one cause of chronic pain in dogs. The condition is the result of wear and tear on a joint, either from overuse, repetitive activity, an injury or from the natural development of a poorly formed joint.
The body has different types of joints, but the ones that involve Osteoarthritis are called synovial joints. They are made of two bones that are supposed to glide easily over each other thanks to articular cartilage which is a smooth tissue that covers the ends of bones in the joints. The bones and cartilage are held in place with ligaments and a tough material called a capsule. This capsule produces a lubricating fluid that keeps the joint working as it should.
When a dog has arthritis the cartilage starts to break down and the fluid in the capsule dries up. This in turn causes inflammation, pain and deterioration of the joint.
Symptoms of Arthritis
- Difficulty Moving – Dogs have trouble climbing stairs, sitting and standing.
- Show Signs of Pain – Dogs limp or favor one leg, especially in the morning or after lying down for a while.
- Decreased Activity – Dogs sleep more and don’t want to play. Some distance themselves from their family.
Has your dog been on Adequan® Canine? I’d love to know if you saw an improvement in their arthritis symptoms.
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