Canine osteoarthritis treatment plans are designed to control the signs and symptoms of the disease.

In more severe cases, surgery may be required to alleviate pain or to remove bone or cartilage fragments in a joint. In many cases, a combination of pain and anti-inflammatory medication, joint supplements and lifestyle changes may be recommended by your veterinarian.

First, relieve the pain

NSAIDs are the drugs of choice to relieve pain associated with osteoarthritis but not all NSAIDs are created equal. Meloxidyl® (meloxicam oral suspension) 1.5 mg/mL is a safe, effective and readily accepted suspension that allows a very precise dosage and is indicated for the control of pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis in dogs.

Then, manage mobility

In addition to relieving your dog’s pain, dietary changes and supplements, as well as lifestyle changes may help manage your dog’s osteoarthritis in the long term.

  • Maintaining a healthy weight will help relieve the load and pressure placed on the joints and cartilage.
  • Keeping a moderate but steady activity level is not only good for joints and muscle; but is also enjoyable for both you and your dog.
  • Small changes go a long way and by making minor changes in your house you can make it easier for your dog to get around.
  • Joint support supplements may help support the production of normal cartilage, muscle strength and maintain mobility.
  • Learn to recognize the signs of pain or discomfort.
  • Consult with your veterinarian to develop a treatment plan for your dog.
  • Follow your veterinarian’s advice and prescription.
  • Schedule regular follow-up visits to monitor your dog’s progress.
Millions of pets suffer from osteoarthritis but with the right approach it is possible for your pet to live a comfortable, happy life.