Heidi was just one and a half when she had two ACL operations within two months. As a result she will, at some time, get arthritis. My question is ‘Can Cartrophen be used to prevent the onset of arthritis?’
Ref the ‘management’ of the condition, we already do everything that CAM suggests around the home. she has lost 1.5kg and we have a ramp to help get in and out of the car. She loves swimming far too much and goes to hydrotherapy every week it has helped her a lot.
thanks for the reply. 🙂
Thank you KathrynAtCAM for the reply, I have previously seen Hannah’s post, that is what caused me to ask the question. It just seems a shame that because she has had two invasive joint surgeries that we will have to wait until the arthritic damage has been done and she is in pain before we can use the drug. I was hoping that there may be a protocol in place for pre arthritic dogs.
Cartorphen is a good choice for many dogs with OA as it provides not only pain relief but also disease modifying affects eg it improves the quality of cartilage in the joint.
There is a great CAM conversation about it on our website: https://caninearthritis.co.uk/cam-conversation-with-cam-hannah-capon-about-cartrophen-vet/
It is not currently licenced to prevent arthritis and to my knowledge there is no evidence that it would work for that. Similarly, there isn’t much evidence that joint supplements will either but people will often use them in an effort to do so.
I would say exercise management would be very important – minimise high intensity activities like ball chasing, running off the lead etc. Ensure enough exercise that you will maintain muscle strength. Maybe consider hydrotherapy if she likes swimming?
Its also worth making sure there are no hazards in the home environment that could cause injury or excessive force on the joints. The “it’s my home too” section of the website has information on this.
I hope that helps?