For dog owners, the information is quite revelatory.
It is a sad fact that many dog owners don’t realize their pet is suffering the pain of arthritis until it becomes advanced because dogs will often hide or compensate for it. Before following drug-related treatments for dog arthritis though, a must-read is a new and free ebook ‘The Risks of Prescription Medicines In Dog Arthritis’ by veterinarian Christopher Durin.
In his book, Durin challenges the over-use of anti-inflammatory drugs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs) to treat dog arthritis, and explains 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.
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.
Durin’s book also talks of the link between the increased use of NSAIDS and the increase in reported cases of organ damage and toxicity. Because dog arthritis, very much like human arthritis, is a lifelong illness with no known cure, long periods of treatment exposes dogs to serious risks that veterinarians and pet owners must weigh before adopting a particular treatment plan.
‘The Risks of Prescription Medicines In Dog Arthritis’ does not deny the efficacy of drug medication for dog arthritis though. It does however, list the different types of drugs and details their documented their side effects.
These side effects can range from heart, brain, stomach and breathing problems to flatulence, agitation and sedation.
The report also reveals that health professionals and pet owners who are aware of the numerous side effects of NSAIDs, 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.
The non-medical components of this No NSAID treatment may include weight control, physical therapy, acupuncture, and surgery where necessary.