Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that affects and inflames the joints. It can affect one or more joints and can generate pain, stiffness, joint swelling, lameness and reduced mobility. These aspects translate into a reduction in the quality of life of the dog, and prevent it from fully participating in daily activities such as walking, running or swimming.
Being a progressive disease, early detection is essential to avoid the gradual worsening of the pet. Therefore, Zoetis has launched the campaign `` Fit with your dog, without pain '' for another year, in order to raise awareness of the importance of detecting osteoarthritis early.
Lameness, stiffness and difficulty getting up are some of the symptoms that a dog with osteoarthritis can present. When it is suspected that the pet suffers from any of these symptoms, it is necessary to go to the veterinarian.
Unfortunately, osteoarthritis is a disease that has no cure, but there are different options to improve the quality of life of the animal. In order to reduce pain and prevent worsening of the disease, it is possible to administer NSAIDs to dogs.
Today veterinary drugs are imposed that act providing a lasting action and facilitate administration to the owner. At present there is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is administered only once a month * and allows continuous and long-term control of pain, allowing the dog to have a better and more active life, and also releasing the owner administer pills every day. It is essential to consult a veterinarian to know what is the best treatment to use with each dog.