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Arthritis can severely reduce your dog's quality of life



Of all the body parts of a dog, it’s perhaps the joints more than any other that suffer the most. Years of sprinting, climbing and leaping inevitably take their toll, resulting in the slow but steady onset of degenerative joint disease, more commonly known as arthritis. See for a quick online assessment of your dog.


The condition has two important negative outcomes: it reduces the dogs’ lifespan and threatens its performance and quality of life. Arthritis is no less painful to dogs than it is to humans and can thus significantly impact agility, endurance and willingness to work. It can affect one or more of the 3 major joints including the hips, knees and elbows. Once present, it is relentlessly progressive and steadily becomes more severe over time.


While effective treatment has long been available, treating dogs has sometimes been a challenge, especially due to the need to administer treatments on a daily basis. A new option has, however, just become available that is as at least as effective as currently available options but requires only monthly administration after 2 initial doses given 14 days apart.


Called TROCOXIL® Chewable tablets for Dogs, the product has recently been launched in New Zealand. Extensive studies performed by the manufacturer demonstrate it to be highly effective whilst having a comparable safety profile to currently available once daily treatments. A developing understanding of arthritis suggests that the longer treatment is administered, the better dogs do (i.e. treatment benefit steadily increases over time, rather than quickly reaching a plateau). With a monthly inter-dose interval (after the initial loading dose regimen) TROCOXIL makes it easy to extend the length of treatment and therefore maximise its benefit.


Importantly, the product is well priced, particularly when considered against the possibility of extending the life of the dog. Perhaps just as importantly, we have no doubt that it will improve the welfare of arthritic dogs, and enhance their quality of life in their golden years.


If you own dogs of any age, that limp, look a little stiff and tired after work or aren’t as enthusiastic as they used to be, arthritis could well be to blame. We now have an exciting new treatment option for them, so please get in touch and we may be able to get them back to more of their old selves!

Last Updated on Friday, 02 August 2013 14:45