May 2022 - Walk for Arthritis Foundation Event, Long Island, NY
People and dogs alike experience osteoarthritis, also called degenerative joint disease and just like us dogs with osteoarthritis experience deteriorating painful joints.
Nancy Sorbella, Community Engagement Director for the Arthritis Foundation of NY
“Our walks to cure arthritis are signature community events where people can come out and make friends join other Warriors. We also understand that dogs get arthritis too, and so we want to include dogs in our walk with our Warriors.”
And osteoarthritis can affect any age of dog from Young dogs to seniors along with any size and any breed.
Dr. David Dycus, Board Certified Veterinary Surgeon
“In fact, about one in five dogs over the age of one can be affected with osteoarthritis. It's characterized by breakdown of the joint cartilage as well as damage to the Joint tissues and fluid buildup and over time that can lead to bone-on-bone contact,
as well as inflammation swelling and pain. Unfortunately, once the cartilage is worn away. It can't be replaced.”
Dycus says, contact your vet immediately, If you notice any of these signs of osteoarthritis.
“Showing some stiffness when they get up. Maybe they are reluctant to go on their daily walks, or they stop wanting to get on or off the furniture or go up and down stairs.
Some dogs may experience limping after exercise or play. We can also see some behavioral changes or maybe they don't want to engage and chase the squirrel like they used to and
sometimes we can see trouble squatting to eliminate or even excessively licking at certain areas.”
Walking, they say, is one of the best treatments.
Catrina Christiansen, Dog Owner, Babylon, NY
“We take walks every day.”
Brett Cruickshank, Dog Owner, Dix Hills, NY
“At least a two to three mile walk every day.”
To manage arthritis your veterinarian may also recommend weight control, nutritional modifications and other lifestyle adjustments along with medication such as Adequan® Canine.
Dr. Avi Blake, Veterinarian, Adequan® Canine
“It's the only FDA-approved disease modifying osteoarthritis drug or for short, DMOAD is little easier – designed for dogs. And it can help restore
joint lubrication, relieve inflammation and renew some of those building blocks of healthy articular cartilage.
Different from supplements or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which are also commonly used to help manage osteoarthritis in dogs. Adequan Canine can proactively treat the disease process in addition to
helping to manage the clinical signs or symptoms of osteoarthritis in dogs. As with any drug or medication, if your veterinarian prescribes Adequan Canine for your dog discuss any possible side effects, including
signs of hypersensitivity to Adequan Canine.
Adequan Canine should not be used in dogs with known or suspected bleeding disorders. And should be used with caution in dogs with kidney or liver impairment.”
The good news osteoarthritis is very manageable over the long term if identified and addressed in its early stages. Ideally you and your veterinarian will begin talking about your dog's risk of arthritis during the first puppy visits.
Visit adequancanine.com for more info including full prescribing information or call 1-800-458-0163 to request a copy.