Anti-Inflammatories for Degenerative Joint Disease
©2000 Melissa Kaplan
There is little information on degenerative joint diseases (such as arthritis) in herps, and still less on the use of anti-inflammatory drugs to ease the pain, reduce the inflammation, and stop, if not actually help reverse, the damage to the joints.
The following information was culled from sources primarily related to dogs and cats, two species for which a great deal of research and documented anecdotal information exists. While some of the treatments described may include the use of over-the-counter medications, herbs and other supplements, I strongly recommend you not use any of these products without first getting your herp comprehensively examined by a herp veterinarian, rather than guessing at the cause of its symptoms, and do not attempt to self-treat with any substance without first discussing it with your vet.
Patrick Vall, Maple Springs Vet Clinic, on NSAIDS and PGAs in canine
Polysulfated glycosaminoglycans (PGAs) are cartilage-protective agents that increase the quality of the joint and hopefully delay the progression of degenerative joint disease. While they are not direct analgesics (pain killers), I firmly believe based on my clinical experience that they often indirectly decrease pain associated with degenerative joint disease. They are very safe and have few, if any, side effects. Oral PGAs that I most frequently prescribe are I and Glycoflex. Adequan is an injectable PGA that is also frequently used.
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