Canine Joint Health

Mobility can make life remarkable.

Mobility is key to a healthy quality of life for dogs. Understanding canine osteoarthritis (also known as degenerative joint disease or DJD) and the benefits of early detection and treatment can help dogs enjoy more years of everyday adventures with their families – from jumping in the car for a ride, running a trail at the dog park or simply walking up the stairs.

What is canine osteoarthritis (OA)?

Canine osteoarthritis or DJD is the most common cause of chronic pain in dogs.1 This painful disease is caused by deterioration of joint cartilage, surrounding tissue and fluid.1 Over time, this can lead to bone-on-bone contact, chronic inflammation, swelling — and a very uncomfortable life for a dog.1

Adequan Canine dog playing mud
Adequan Canine factors stages osteoarthritis

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Tips to keep dog’s joints healthy at every stage of life.

  • Keep dog at a healthy weight
  • Encourage regular movement and exercise
  • Provide balanced nutrition, particularly during growth phase
  • Understand the early signs of a potential joint problem
  • Pet parents and veterinarians work collaboratively to identify a problem early and establish a treatment plan
  • Comply with veterinarian recommendations

Mobility is essential for horses, too.

Adequan® Canine brand of polysulfated glycosaminoglycan (PSGAG)
INDICATIONS Adequan® Canine is recommended for intramuscular injection for the control of signs associated with non-infectious degenerative and/or traumatic arthritis of canine synovial joints.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION Adequan® Canine should not be used in dogs who are hypersensitive to PSGAG or who have a known or suspected bleeding disorder. It should be used with caution in dogs with renal or hepatic impairment. Adverse reactions in clinical studies (transient pain at injection site, transient diarrhea, and abnormal bleeding) were mild and self-limiting. In post approval experience, death has been reported in some cases; vomiting, anorexia, depression/lethargy and diarrhea have also been reported. The safe use of PSGAG in breeding, pregnant or lactating dogs has not been evaluated. Caution: Federal law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian. For additional safety information, please see Full Prescribing Information.
1. 2016 NAVC Proceedings, Osteoarthritis in Dogs and Cats: Novel Therapeutic Advances, M Epstein, DVM, DABVP C/F, CVPP; K Kirkby Shaw, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR.
2. Clinician’s Brief, Aug 2013, Canine OA, DA Canapp, DVM, CCRT, CVA, DACVSMR..
3. Face validity of a proposed tool for staging canine osteoarthritis: Canine Osteoarthritis Staging Tool (COAST), T. Cachon, O. Frykman, J.F. Innes, B.D.X. Lascelles, M. Okumura, P. Sousa, F. Staffieri, P.V. Steagall, B. Van Ryssen, COAST Development Group, The Veterinary Journal, 235 (2018) 1-8.

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